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Ohio Unemployment Rises to 5.1% in March

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COLUMBUS – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1% in March, up from a revised 5.0% rate in February and matching the 5.1% rate for March 2015, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services reported this morning.

Nonagricultural wage and salary employment in the state rose 18,300 over the month, from a revised 5,475,500 in February to 5,493,800 in March .

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 5.0%, up from 4.9% in February and down from 5.5% in March 2015.

Goods-producing industries, at 906,900, lost 5,700 jobs over the month in manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging. The private  sector that provides services, at 3,809,700, added 17,100 jobs. Losses in leisure and hospitality were surpassed by gains in professional and business services; educational and health services; other services; trade, transportation, and utilities; financial activities; and information.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.