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TOLEDO, Ohio -- A newspaper investigation of Ohio's public job-creation efforts has found companies receiving state money failed to bring thousands of promised positions.

In a review published Sunday, The Blade of Toledo (http://bit.ly/1aMoGyj) also found state development officials were unaware of many problems with companies that received taxpayer-funded loans and grants between July 2007 and June 2012 or their executives.

About half the companies receiving grants failed to create the jobs to which they committed, the newspaper reported.

The issues spanned the administrations of Govs. Ted Strickland and John Kasich.

Development Director David Goodman told the newspaper Ohio overhauled how it tracks job-creation awards last fall and he believes "we make better investments than we ever have."

Key Ohio job-creation duties have now migrated to the private nonprofit JobsOhio.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

The Associated Press

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