Wed., 9:59am: Manufacturing driving growth in Ohio

DAYTON — An Ohio newspaper analysis shows that manufacturing is again driving the state’s economic expansion.

The Dayton Daily News reports that after many years of declines in manufacturing, more than half of Ohio’s counties are heavily dependent on industry.

More than one-third of the state’s job losses were in the manufacturing sector during the recession and its aftermath. But manufacturing jobs are returning, the newspaper said, and industry payrolls are growing again.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show that in 2011, Ohio had about 52 out of 88 counties whose economies were heavily dependent on manufacturing. Counties are dependent on the manufacturing industry if 20 percent or more of average annual earnings come from the sector.

Nationally, only Indiana had more counties dependent on manufacturing.