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 state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in November to 7.4 percent, down slightly from the October rate of 7.5 percent.
Ohioâ€™s jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May, but state labor officials are still painting it as a positive report.
Ohio employers added some 7,600 jobs last month as 7,000 people left the stateâ€™s unemployment rolls.
The Ohio workforce decreased by more than 20,000 jobs in March and about 1,000 people joined the ranks of the unemployed.
The latest monthly jobs data shows Ohio’s unemployment rate continuing to stay below the national figure.
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.
According to state figures released Tuesday, the unemployment rate for central Ohio fell from 6.0 percent in August to 5.7 percent last month. That’s the lowest level in more than more than four years and more than a full percent below the current statewide average.
Two separate surveys released Friday painted differing pictures of Ohio’s jobs front.
Two Ohio political experts offer opinions on whether the final jobs report before the start of early voting will sway voters.
After several months of steady but slight declines, Ohioâ€™s unemployment rate remained unchanged in July. The stateâ€™s jobless rate stands at 7.2 percent â€“ the same as it was in June.