In March 2009, the national unemployment rate was 8.5%.  According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed slightly from the 9.5% in February 2009 to 9.7% in March 2009.  Although this was only a small increase over the February 2009 rate, it is significantly higher than the 6.1% unemployment rate from March 2008.  The state had 578,000 unemployed individuals in March 2009 and a panel discussion that took place in late April addressed how green jobs can help solve the state's unemployment woes.

The panel was hosted by the City Club of Cleveland and featured Courtney DeOreo, David Rinebolt, and Carl Scheutzow speaking on green jobs and high energy costs in the state.  The organization has uploaded the entire panel discussion to YouTube in seven parts.  If you're one of the hundreds of thousands of unemployed Ohioans looking for a green job, this panel discussion should help you in that search.

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