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‘Cheerful’ economic forecast predicts 21K new jobs in Central Ohio in 2015 | Columbus Business First

Bill LaFayette has delivered an annual economic forecast for 14 straight years at the Columbus Metropolitan Club, but never one as "cheerful" as his message Wednesday afternoon. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show Central Ohio employment grew at a rate of 0.7 percent in 2014, the owner of Regionomics LLC told attendees.