Ohio Unemployment Falls Again In May

Ohio's May jobless rate of 5.5 percent is the state's lowest in seven years.(Photo: Flickr)
Ohio's May jobless rate of 5.5 percent is the state's lowest in seven years.(Photo: Flickr)

The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped again in May.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate in May was 5.5 percent, which was down from 5.7 percent in March and 6.1 percent in April. It’s the state’s lowest jobless rate in seven years.

State figures show job gains in professional and business services, as well as manufacturing.

Construction and leisure and hospitality saw job losses in May.

Ohio’s rate remains below the national rate, which was 6.3 percent in April and May.

  • Emily

    My husband should qualify for unemployment, however we made the mistake of staying with a local company for two years with the hope of being ‘hired on’. The company required overtime nearly every week for the two years my husband worked there, he trained new hires, and my daughter’s photo was featured in the company newsletter. Suddenly he was fired last week. When he filed an unemployment claim, he was told he does not qualify for unemployment despite his two years with the Ariel Corporation because they had kept him for that entire time as an Adecco employee, a staffing firm. We are devastated, our family of eight is now scrambling to gain our footing. We feel foolish for staying so long with a company that did not provide healthcare for our family because we thought we were setting our family up for a better future. Staffing agencies have allowed corporations like Ariel to keep workers on staff for years without ever ‘officially’ hiring them. It has enabled an environment where supervisors can harass employees they don’t like because the employee has no human resources on their side.