County Unemployment Rates Decline in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Unemployment rates in area counties dropped month over month in April, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Tuesday morning.

Trumbull County’s rate of 4.4% last month was down nearly a full percentage point from its March rate of 5.3%, and down three full points from April 2021’s 7.4% rate.

Mahoning County reported a 4.3% unemployment rate in April, down from 5.0% the month before, less than Trumbull’s month-over-month drop. Its year-over-year increase was greater than its neighboring county to the north, which posted a decrease from April 2021’s 7.6% rate.  

Columbiana County’s April unemployment rate was 3.9%, down from 6.1% a year earlier and from 4.5% in March.

The decline in Mahoning County’s unemployment rate came despite a modest increase in unemployment in its largest city. Youngstown posted a 5.7% unemployment rate in April, up a tenth of a percentage point from 5.6% the month before but down more than four percentage points from 9.9% in April 2021.

The city of Warren, Trumbull County’s largest city reported a 5.2% unemployment rate in April, down from 8.8% a year earlier and from 5.8% in March.

Unemployment in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio as well as Mercer County, Pa., was 4.4% in April, compared with 5.2% the month before and 7.5% in April 2021.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.