Ohio unemployment rate down for 9th straight month

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Ohio unemployment rate down for 9th straight month

Associated Press – Ohio’s unemployment rate has dropped for the ninth month in a row, a trend that continues to place the state below the national rate, officials said Friday.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said that seasonally adjusted joblessness inched downward from 7.5 percent in March to 7.4 percent in April, while the state’s non-farm payrolls shrank by 3,400.

The state’s unemployment rate continues to remain below the national rate, which was 8.1 percent in April. That’s down from 8.2 percent in March.

The number of unemployed workers in Ohio decreased by 7,000 in April to 431,000, down from 438,000 in March. That means over the past year, the number of unemployed Ohio workers dropped by 79,000, from a starting total of 510,000.

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