The rise of the side hustle

Illustration of a hand holding multiple briefcases.

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Whether it's the growing price of gasoline, your electric bill or a dozen eggs, inflation has people thinking of ways to make more money, our colleagues at Axios Cleveland report.

What's happening: According to a recent LendingTree survey, 44% of Americans say they have a side hustle in addition to full-time jobs — up 13% from 2020 — with inflation as the biggest motivating factor.

Testing ChatGPT's Ohio smarts

Animated gif of a computer screen that reads "A.I" with the "I" as a blinking cursor

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

So here's a tribute, dear Ohio, to thee; A state of grace, where beauty meets reality.

  • These lovely lines of poetry didn't come from any Buckeye State bard. They were written by a robot.
Tyler Buchanan
Feb 2, 2023 - News

Columbus' Green Book history

Data: Axios research; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

When Black travelers visited Columbus in the mid-20th century, the Green Book showed them places where they'd be most welcome in what was still a heavily segregated society.

  • One was the Macon Hotel, where legends Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie once played in its popular jazz club.

Where student loan forgiveness stands in Ohio

Illustration of a ball and chain replacing the tassel of a graduation cap, with the chains breaking.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Anxiously awaiting the fate of President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan? You're not alone.

By the numbers: Over 700,000 Ohioans have been approved for debt relief, the White House announced this week.

Ohio's education culture war

Illustration of red and blue broken pencils.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Many educators are navigating the raging culture war in local suburban schools without clear state guidance or laws.

Why it matters: A majority of school leaders surveyed nationwide say heated political discourse is interfering with their ability to teach, per a report released last week.

Charted: Guns at Ohio's airports

Data: TSA; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: TSA; Chart: Axios Visuals

TSA says it confiscated dozens of firearms at Ohio airport security checkpoints in 2022.

Threat level: Security officials stopped 6,542 firearms at 262 airports nationwide, the most recorded in one year. The majority (88%) were loaded.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 27, 2023 - News

Columbus readers remember the blizzard of '78

A father and son posing for a photo, with dad wearing a shirt reading, "I survived the Blizzard of '78."

Reader Kyle and his father, who "survived the Blizzard of '78." Photo: Courtesy of Kyle H.

It's been 45 years since Ohio suffered its worst blizzard in history. The series of deadly storms brought extremely heavy winds, frigid temperatures and record-high snow drifts.

  • Thank you to our readers who shared their memories of the Great Blizzard of 1978:

Ohio's rise in union membership

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Statewide union membership grew last year compared to 2021, per new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why it matters: The increase is further evidence of a growing labor movement involving local workers at Ohio institutions and global companies alike.


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