Unemployment Down, But So Are Jobs

Ohio's unemployment rate fell from 8.5 percent in November to 8.1 percent last month.(Photo: Burt Lum (Flickr))
Ohio's unemployment rate fell from 8.5 percent in November to 8.1 percent last month.(Photo: Burt Lum (Flickr))

Ohio unemployment continued to fall last month.

The latest jobs reports lists an 8.1 percent jobless rate, down from 8.5 in November. But Ben Johnson with the Department of Job and Family Services says the down employment rate is not entirely good news.

“In general, when we step back and look broadly, things are improving. But in the month of December, the drop in unemployment was driven more by changes in the labor force than it was by job creation.”

Those changes in the labor force, Johnson says, are people abandoning their job search. He says Ohio employers cut some 3,300 jobs in December. Professional and business services and financial activities performed the worst, while government, education and health services gained the most jobs.

Comments
  • Anonymous

    Wow! Employers cut jobs, yet the unemployment rate drops. I wonder how many these jobs Obama claims he saved.