There are some new rules unemployed Ohioans must follow in order to get their unemployment checks.
Congress is on its way to a budget deal a couple weeks ahead of the January 1 deadline. But the deal doesn’t include extending emergency unemployment benefits. That means 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.
Just 88,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls in March. The jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent — but only because nearly half a million fewer people were in the labor force.
Ohio’s unemployment rose to 7 percent in January, the first jump in unemployment since last summer and the sharpest one-month rise in Ohio joblessness since May of 2009.
The latest unemployment data from the state shows a 6.7 percent unemployment rate in December, down slightly from 6 point 8 percent in November. But another survey of businesses shows the workforce shrank in December.
The state’s declining unemployment rate will soon mean a decrease in the amount of federal unemployment compensation available to Ohioans.
The latest monthly report from the state reports a November unemployment of 6.8 percent. That’s down from 6.9 percent in October and the lowest since the summer of 2008.
On this Labor Day, Ohio’s unemployment rate is at a three year low. But a progressive leaning think tank also notes just over 64 percent of Ohioans are in the workforce – the lowest point since 1985 – and the median wage in Ohio has been falling for the past two years.
An analysis by the non-profit Conference Board shows Central Ohio had nearly 8,000 more online jobs ads than during the same time in 2011.
New figures released Friday show Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked dow for an 11th straight month in June.
The latest figures from the Department of Job and Family Services show a June jobless rate of 7.2 percent, that’s down from 7.3 percent in May.