Economic Development

Ohio Unemployment Rate Steady at 5.1%

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate in March was 5.1%, unchanged from the February report, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. The unemployment last month was down from the 6.0% reported in March 2014.

The national unemployment rate in March, at 5.5%, was also unchanged from February, but down from 6.6% a year earlier.

Nonfarm wage and salary employment in Ohio increased 1,500 over the month, from a revised 5,385,000 in February to 5,386,500 in March 2015. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 295,000, an increase of 5,000 from 290,000 in February.

Losses last month were reported in construction, mining and logging, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

Gains were reported in educational and health services, financial activities, information, trade, transportation and utilities, and government due to increases in state and local government employment.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.