May 19, 2017

STATE OFFICIALS SAY OHIO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED SLIGHTLY TO 5 PERCENT IN APRIL BUT REMAINED HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL RATE


STATE OFFICIALS SAY OHIO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED SLIGHTLY TO 5 PERCENT IN APRIL BUT REMAINED HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL RATE. THE STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECREASED FROM 5.1 PERCENT IN MARCH AND WAS THE SAME AS IN APRIL 2016. THE NATIONAL RATE MADE A SIMILAR MOVE, FROM 4.5 PERCENT IN MARCH TO 4.4 PERCENT LAST MONTH. THAT'S LOWER THAN IT WAS AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.   JOB GAINS WERE REPORTED IN SECTORS INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES, LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY, FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. THE CATEGORIES REPORTING LOSSES INCLUDED CONSTRUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND STATE GOVERNMENT.

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