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Largest Valley Cities Top Ohio Jobless Numbers

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city of Warren had the highest unemployment rate among Ohio’s larger cities in March, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. The city’s 8.4% unemployment rate last month was unchanged from February’s monthly report, according to the data released this morning.

Youngstown, which in February reported the state’s highest unemployment rate among cities, at 8.6%, saw its rate decline to 8.2% in February.

In comparison, Cleveland reported a 7.1% unemployment rate in March. Columbus’s unemployment rate was 4.3%. Cincinnati’s was 5.1%.

In March 2015, Youngstown had an unemployment rate of 8.0%, and Warren’s rate was 7.6%.

Trumbull and Columbiana counties each reported unemployment rates of 7.5% in March, down from 7.8% in February for Columbiana and from 7.7% for Trumbull. A year earlier, Trumbull’s rate was 6.9% and Columbiana’s 6.3%.

Mahoning County’s unemployment rate in March was 7.0%, down from 7.2% the month before but up from 6.5% in March 2015.

The metropolitan statistical area that covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania reported an unemployment rate of 7.0% in March, unchanged from February but up from March 2015’s 6.5%. For the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, unemployment was 7.2%, down from 7.4% in February but up from 6.7% in March 2015.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.