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Ohio Unemployment Rises Slightly in April to 5.2%

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The state’s unemployment rate ticked up in April to 5.2%, anincrease from 5.1% in March, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported this morning. A year earlier, the state unemployment rate stood at 5.9%.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.4%, down from 5.5% in March and down from 6.2% in April 2014.

Nonfarm wage and salaried employment increased 6,400 from a revised 5,388,600 in March to 5,395,000 in April, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in cooperation with ODJFS. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 297,000, up 3,000 from March.

Goods-producing industries, at 896,700, added 4,100 jobs as gains in manufacturing exceeded losses in construction and mining and logging.

The private services-providing sector, at 3,741,500, added 4,500 jobs. Employment gains in professional and business services, educational and health services, information and financial services exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and other services.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.