Ford says it is starting production of two new engines at its plant in Cleveland.
State labor officials say Ohio employers added about 1,000 workers in September, and about 14,000 people left state unemployment roles.
Labor officials report the most September job gains in goods-producing industries like manufacturing and construction, state government, and trade, transportation and utilities.
State labor officials says Ohio employers added about 200 jobs in August as the official jobless rate hovered at 5.7 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate for July ticked up slightly after job reports for the last two months showed the rate at its lowest level since before the Great Recession.
The unemployment rate in Ohio for June remained unchanged at 5.5 percent, staying at the lowest level since before the Great Recession.
The recession may be over, but the state of Ohio still owes the federal government $1.4 billion for the money it borrowed to pay jobless benefits to unemployed Ohioans. That debt is looming large over Ohio employers, and could affect people who might get jobless benefits in the future.
Unemployment fell in every Ohio county last month, and Central Ohio fared especially well.
The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in March to the lowest level in more than six years.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in April. In a separate survey, the unemployment rate dipped by 0.4 percent.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the state jobless rate was 7.2 percent last month. That’s down from 7.4 percent in November but higher than the 6.7 percent reported for December 2012.