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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown stopped by Zanesville on Monday to unveil a new jobs initiative.
Brown spoke at the Muskingum County Business Incubator about his effort to promote economic development across Ohio. The senator said he has introduced legislation that would create and support business incubators in hard-hit regions of the state.
"Ohio is known nationally as maybe the number one state for incubators," said Brown. "What Carol Humphreys has done here with TicketCrush.com and other small start-ups, it gives people a chance that probably wouldn't have had the tools to start a business or the resources that this incubator gives them."
Brown said that for every $10,000 invested in business incubators, an estimated 47 to 69 local jobs are generated. He also commented on a recent report stating that Ohio led the nation by adding 28,000 jobs in February.
"It means that the economy is coming back," said Brown. "It's nothing like it should be yet, and it's not the rate of growth we would like to see, but we saw twelve years of manufacturing jobs decline from 1997 to 2009 in Ohio. We have now seen manufacturing job growth almost every month the last two years."
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.6% in February, down from 7.7% in January.