Valley Cities, Counties Post High April Jobless Rates

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local unemployment rates in April were down from the month before, but still were among the highest in the state, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

Warren, for the second consecutive month and the third time in 2016, had the highest unemployment rate among Ohio’s larger cities, 7.5%

The Mahoning Valley’s largest city, Youngstown, reported the second-highest unemployment rate – 7.3% — among the cities for the month, as it did in January and March. In February, its rate was the state’s highest.

Warren’s February unemployment rate in April was down nearly a full percentage point from its rate the month before, 8.4%, but was up from April 2015’s 6.9%. Youngstown’s rate last month was identical to its 7.3% rate a year earlier and down nearly a full point as well from March’s 8.2%

Among Ohio’s counties, Trumbull County reported the 16th highest unemployment rate and Columbiana County the 17th highest rate. Mahoning County had the 24th highest rate.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate in April was 6.7%, down from 7.5% in March but up from 6.1% a year earlier. Columbiana County’s unemployment rate last month was 6.6%, up more than a full point from 5.5% in April 2015 but down nearly a point from 7.5%in March.

Mahoning County’s unemployment rate in April was 6.2%, up from 5.7% a year earlier but down from 7.0% in March.

In the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan statistical area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in western Pennsylvania, the April unemployment rate was 6.2%, down from 7.0% in March but up from 5.7% in April 2015.

For the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, the unemployment rate was 6.4% in April, up from 5.9% a year earlier but down from March’s 7.2%.

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