Ohio unemployment rate rises

Written on Aug 23, 2017

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.2% in July 2017, up from 5.0% in June 2017, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,536,500 in June to 5,538,100 in July 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 300,000, up 9,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9% in July 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.3%, down from 4.4% in June and down from 4.9% in July 2016.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that Ohio is one of 46 states that did not see a large change in its unemployment rate in July. North Dakota and Colorado had the lowest unemployment rates over the month, at 2.2% and 2.4%, respectively, while Alaska had the highest rate at 7.0%. California (+82,600) gained the most jobs over the month, followed by Florida (+32,700) and Pennsylvania (+29,000). Georgia, with a decrease of 14,100 jobs, had the only significant employment decrease.

In analyzing the numbers, Cleveland economist George Zeller said the Ohio job growth rate and the national year over year job growth rate slowed in July. Ohio fell from 1.30% growth in June to 1.11% in July, while the national rate fell from 1.53% in June to 1.50% in July. Last month was the 56th consecutive month where Ohio’s job growth rate has been below the national average.

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