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Ohio Unemployment Rate Declines to 5% in July

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0% in July, down from 5.2% in June, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. In July 2014, the state’s unemployment rate was 5.5%.

The U.S. unemployment rate last month was 5.3%, unchanged form the June rate and down from 6.2% in July 2014.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio during July totaled 286,000, down 10,000 from June’s 296,000 and down 30,000 over the year.

Nonfarm wage and salary employment in the state increased 14,900 over the month, from a revised 5,384,200 in June to 5,399,100 last month.

Government employment added 25,300 due to gains in local and state government, while goods-producing industries saw losses in manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging.

Professional and business services, other services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities and education and health services also saw losses. Other sectors seeing gains included trade, transportation and utilities and information.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.