Ohio Jobless Rate Increases In July

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the state's jobless rate increased in July
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the state's jobless rate increased in July

Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in July. But, the state’s labor market remains a bit brighter than the national picture.

After months of declines, Ohio’s jobless rate increased two tenths of one percent in July to 5-point-7 percent. Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says fewer people were able to find jobs last months.

“The business survey showed about 12,400 fewer non-farm jobs. The household survey actually showed something very similar. It showed 13,000 fewer Ohioans working. It’s not entirely unexpected that after half a year of very significant decline we would see a month where that decline would plateau or in this case the numbers would actually move backwards a little bit,” says Johnson.

Johnson says its uncertain whether July’s unemployment increase is the start of a longer trend. Ohio’s jobless rate remains about a half per cent lower than the national jobless rate. Manufacturers and professional and business services shed the most jobs last month.

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