Ohio Is Doing It Right — Unemployment Falls to 6.8% In Nov.
The state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in November from 6.9 percent a month earlier, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
November’s household survey shows the number of employed Ohioans increased 7,000 to 5,384,000, while the labor force edged up only 1,000.
Angela Terez, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, called the report “good news,” but said the number of unemployed Ohioans still is far too high at 391,000, down from 396,000 in October.
The business payroll survey showed nonfarm wage and salary employment ticked up 1,600 over the month to stay just below 5.2 million.
Job gains were led by the retail sector, which added 7,700. Manufacturing posted gains of 4,700 over the prior month. Recreation led losses with 6,500.
Overall, goods-producing industries added 3,700 jobs in November, while service-producing industries gave up 2,100.
The state’s employment performance continues to be hampered by discouraged workers who gave up looking for jobs in the past several years, according to Regionomics LLCowner and economist Bill LaFayette.
The labor force participation rate is still down 0.6 percent from a year ago when it was 64.3 percent.
“Things are continuing to improve,” LaFayette said. “Just not as fast as we’d like.”
- STATE: Ohio Unemployment Rate Continues Slow Decline (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Ohio’s jobless rate inches downward (toledoblade.com)
- State unemployment rate inches downward (ohio.com)
- Ohio’s jobless rate inches downward again (vindy.com)
- Ohio’s jobless rate inches downward again (cantonrep.com)