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Ohio's economy continues to struggle

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Ohio's economy is still struggling and staggering new statistics show growth is still not happening.

In fact, Northeast Ohio is losing more jobs than any other metro area in the nation.

If you have a job then chances are you're trying to hang onto it, and if you're looking for a job then you already know it's tough to land something that can help you pay the bills.

According to the Labor Department, Cleveland is leading the nation in job loss for the third month in a row.

4,500 jobs were lost between July 2012 and July 2013 in the Cleveland metro area -- which includes Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina, and Lorain counties.

"Nobody likes to see a job loss," said Harvey Rosen.

Harvey Rosen is an economic expert. He says the news is disappointing but not surprising, especially with 2,300 government workers out of a job.

He blames that on the sequester.

4,800 jobs have been lost in professional and business services.

"We need to get back into those traditional things that go into business professionalism sector. Managers, banking, financial services sector that's way down," said Harvey Rosen.

We caught up with Cleveland Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci at the March on Washington event in Cleveland to get his take on the latest stats.

"We have to take a proactive approach in going after business. We can't wait here and think that people are going to come to us," said Cleveland Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci.

We tried to talk to Mayor Frank Jackson about the job loss and were told we would get that opportunity.

But the mayor was never made available.

Rosen says there's some good news behind the numbers. Health services added more than 1,500 jobs.

"The unemployment rate is actually down. We are down from 7.5 last year to 7.3 percent," added Rosen.

Rosen also says it could take some time to bounce back from all this. His estimate is 18 months.

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