Ohio businesses received a 4% rate reduction effective beginning July 1, 2011. This is an average rate reduction; manufacturers are expected to receive up to 7% reductions, retail/wholesale up to 5%. The exact reduction will depend on individual factors. Ohio has aggressively sought to reduce rates, restore available discounts, prosecute fraudulent claims and find new ways to control escalating claims costs. Assistance is available from the bureau to assist your business in reviewing NCCI classifications, applicable programs, on-line management of your BWC account/claims, etc.