From newspaper headlines to lead stories on the nightly news, it is clear that the start of 2012 has been marked by renewed economic progress for Ohio. This was illustrated last month as Ohio experienced its second consecutive reduction in unemployment. In fact, our statewide unemployment rate has decreased from 9.5 percent in December 2010 to our current 8.1 percent. While this figure is an encouraging sign of our ongoing commitment to new industries and job creation, a long road remains before quality employment is made available for all Ohioans. Fortunately, the 13th Senate District is home to a growing infrastructure that is centered on workforce development. For example, joint vocational schools across the region are preparing high school students with the skills and training that is required to transition into the workforce following graduation. Currently, the Lorain County JVS is witnessing significant success, with 89-percent of its students over the past three years have either found employment or continued their education within six months of graduating. Just as the labor market is always changing, schools like the Lorain County JVS stay up-to-speed with the new demands of industry. Our area has also become a focal point of the work being conducted through JobsOhio, a new non-profit entity that combines public resources with business expertise from the private sector. Though still in its infancy, JobsOhio is already making an impact to Ohio's economic landscape, as it has led to the creation of over 21,000 new jobs and has helped to retain an additional 61,000 positions in our state. Thanks to eight local JobsOhio projects, we have already created nearly 600 new employment opportunities in our communities and retained more than 2,600 jobs. Central to the JobsOhio mission is to address growing industries of the future. Areas such as biohealth, energy, aerospace, and information services all require a prepared workforce that will keep the eyes of business on our state. By outlining career pathways and making training more available, our area has the opportunity to lead Ohio toward a path of genuine growth. JobsOhio and programs offered through career centers such as Lorain County JVS, are all starting us on the right foot for our path to future success. The recession of recent years has taught us many things about what is needed to rebuild our economy. We know that the time for temporary fixes has come and gone and that any economic recovery must be sustained for decades. I am confident that by linking education with the needs of businesses, we will be able to do just that. As always, I ask that you contact my office with your ideas on how we can reshape Ohio. Please feel free to call me at (614) 644-7613, contact me through email at, or reach out by writing me at State Senator Gayle Manning, One Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to hearing from you.
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing
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Manning Works To Increase Penalties For Promoting Prostitution, Stop Human Trafficking


COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) alongside Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) this week stood before the Senate Judiciary committee and reinforced the critical need to increase criminal penalties for individuals who are convicted of promoting prostitution in Ohio.


PHOTO: Manning Recognized As "Legislator Of The Year" By Ohio Alliance Of Recovery Providers


"I am honored and humbled to receive this award today, and am grateful for the hard work of many coalitions and stakeholders who I have collaborated with on these issues," said Senator Manning. "It takes more than just one person to tackle the challenges Ohio faces, and I am fortunate to work alongside people in our community who are full of passion and caring."


Historic Congressional Redistricting Reform Plan Passes Ohio Senate With Bipartisan Support


COLUMBUS—State Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) announced that this week the Ohio Senate passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio’s congressional districts with unanimous, bipartisan support. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform coalitions.


PHOTO: Manning Honored For Efforts To Improve Addiction And Mental Health Services In Ohio


"I am honored to receive this award today— the goal of our work at the Statehouse is to support our local communities," said Senator Manning. "Our mental health professionals and law enforcement officials need the flexibility and training to effectively deliver critical services and carry out their missions."