Unemployment Rates Rise Slightly Over Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local unemployment rates in June were up slightly from May, but in several instances were unchanged from a year ago.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was 6.3% in June, the same as a year ago and up from 6.2% in May, the Ohio Department of Job and Family services reported today. Mahoning County’s unemployment rate was 5.9% in June, also unchanged from a year earlier and up from 5.8% in May.

Columbiana County posted a 6.3% rate in June, up from 6.1% in May and from 5.7% in June 2015.

Among Ohio cities of more than 50,000 in population, Youngstown and Warren had the second and third highest unemployment rates, respectively, exceeded only by Lorain, which had an 8.2% rate, ODJFS reported.

Youngstown’s unemployment rate was 7.6% last month, unchanged from a year earlier and up from 7.4% in May. In Warren, the unemployment rate was 7.5%, up from 7.3% in May and from 7.1% in June 2015.

In the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan statistical area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, unemployment stood at 6.2% in June, compared with 6.0% a year earlier and in May.

For the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, unemployment was 6.1%, up from 6.0% in May and unchanged from the June 2015 rate.

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