COLUMBUS - State Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) applauded 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 has made significant progress in improving its business climate by cutting taxes, reducing barriers for growth and making common sense regulatory reforms," said Lehner. "Job creators are once again finding stability in Ohio."

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.

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

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