Economic Development

Unemployment Rate Rises Across Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The unemployment rate in the Mahoning Valley rose last month, the latest data from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services show.

In the Youngstown-Warren statistical area – Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania – the unemployment rate was 6.5% in June, up from 5.9% a month earlier and 6.2% in June 2016. The labor pool in the area grew to 250,600 from 247,900 in May.

Mahoning County’s unemployment rate was 6.6%, a 0.8% climb from May, while Trumbull County’s rate rose to 6.8% from 6.1% and Columbiana County’s sat at 6.1%, up from 5.2% a year ago.

The workforce in all three counties was larger than it was a month ago. Mahoning County’s pool was 106,800 workers, about 1,200 more than May. In Trumbull County, there were 91,100 workers, up from 90,100 last month, and Columbiana county grew to 48,200 from 47,900.

Among all Ohio counties, the Mahoning Valley counties all ranked in the top 25. Trumbull County ranked No. 11, Mahoning County No. 17 and Columbiana County No. 25. The highest unemployment rate in the state was Meigs County at 8.2%, while Mercer County’s 3.4% was the lowest.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.