With harsh cold and snow forecast for much of the state in the next few days, officials in Ohio’s Department of Aging are urging precautions for older people who could be at increased risk of weather-related problems.
The latest jobs report shows Delaware, Union and Franklin counties outperforming much of the state, while counties in southern and southeast Ohio continue to struggle.
The latest unemployment report from the Department of Job and Family Services lists a May jobless rate of 7.3 percent.
About 4,000 people let state unemployment rolls as Ohio gained 28,000 jobs in February.
The latest jobs report says Ohio added 32,800 jobs in January.
The jobless rate slid again last month, but that at least in part because of people abandoning their job search.
The September jobless rate stayed flat at 9.1 percent, the same as the national average.
Analysts say the unemployment jumped up to 9.1 percent in August.
The average length of time for a person to be jobless in the U-S has risen to nearly seven month, the longest average unemployment since the government began keeping track half a century ago.
Unemployed Ohioans remain optimistic about the future.
Citing the rising number of layoffs, Ohio officials are offering a booklet to residents who have recently lost a job