State Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) praised Ohio's job creators today for their efforts to provide new opportunities for Ohioans as evidenced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' report showing that the state's job picture continues to improve.

The report highlights that Ohio gained 7,700 new private sector jobs in January, pointing to signs that Ohio's workforce continues to grow.

Ohio businesses have created more than 417,700 new private sector jobs since January 2011. Revised federal data also shows that Ohio companies created 9,300 more private sector jobs in 2015 than previously reported.

“We have worked hard to improve Ohio's economy by cutting taxes and getting rid of red tape and regulations that were stifling job growth,” said Obhof. “More jobs mean success for our families, and it’s good to see that our strategy to make Ohio more jobs-friendly is working."

More than 180,000 positions are currently posted on, with more than half of those jobs paying more than $50,000 annually.

Last year, Senator Obhof sponsored Senate Bill 26 and co-sponsored House Bill 3, which cut the filing fees for starting a new business or non-profit entity by more than 20 percent. The bill also improves access to, a statewide database of job openings intended to give Ohioans greater access to job opportunities by linking employers and job seekers.

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