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Ohio Jobless Rate Rises To 25-year High
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Ohio’s unemployment rate has hit a 25-year high of 9.4 percent as job losses have continued in both manufacturing and services. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the February jobless rate it released Friday was up from January’s rate of 8.8 percent. Department spokesman Brian Harter says the state’s job market continues to weaken. He says the last time unemployment was higher in Ohio was in May 1984, when the jobless rate was 9.6 percent. State unemployment hit an all-time high of 13.8 percent in December 1982 and January 1983. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 566,000, up from 526,000 in January. The number rose from 349,000 in February 2008, when the unemployment rate was 5.9 percent.