Youngstown Unemployment Highest in the State

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Area unemployment rates in October rose month-over-month from September, and the Mahoning Valley’s two largest cities again reported the highest unemployment rates in the state, according to state data released Tuesday morning.

Unemployment rates in Trumbull and Mahoning counties were among the highest in the state, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

In October, unemployment in Trumbull County was the fourth highest among Ohio counties, reaching 6.0%, up from 5.6% a month before. In October 2017, the county posted a similar 5.9% unemployment rate.

Unemployment in Mahoning County was 5.7% last month, identical to its October 2017 rate and up from 5.3% in September of this year. Its unemployment rate was ninth highest in Ohio for the month.

Columbiana County posted a 4.8% unemployment rate in October, up from 4.5% the month before but down from 5.1% in October 2017.

Youngstown reported the highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities, with a 7.4% rate in October, up from 6.8% the month before and from 7.3% in October 2017.

Warren’s unemployment rate was the second highest among Ohio cities, at 7.0%, up from 6.8% in September, but down from 7.3% a year earlier.

The October unemployment rate for the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan statistical areas, which encompasses a three-county region spanning Ohio and Pennsylvania, was 5.5%, up from 5.2% the month before, but down slightly from 5.6% in October 2017.

In the Ohio-only segment of the district – Mahoning and Trumbull counties, with Mercer County, Pa. excluded – was 5.9%, up from 5.5% in September and from 5.8% in October 2017.

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