Youngstown, Warren Top September Jobless Stats

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The cities of Youngstown and Warren were tied for the highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities in September, each reporting a 6.9% rate for the month.

Both of the cities rates were down from a year earlier and improved by at least half a percentage point from August, shows data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Similarly, September rates for the tri-county and metropolitan areas were down from the prior month and a year ago.

Warren’s unemployment rate in August was 7.5%, just a tenth of a point higher than Youngstown’s 7.4% rate for the month. In September 2017, Warren posted a 9.5% unemployment rate, compared with 8.7% that month for Youngstown.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was 5.7% in September, down from 6.1% in August and from 8.0% in September 2017. Mahoning County reported a 5.3% unemployment rate last month, down from 7.5% a year earlier and from 5.7% in August.

Columbiana County’s unemployment rate was 4.6% in September, down from 5.5% a year earlier and from 5.0% in August.

The metropolitan statistical area composed of Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania was 5.2% in September, down from 5.6% the month before and from 7.2% in September 2017. The Ohio-only portion of the MSA – Mahoning and Trumbull counties – reported a 5.5% unemployment rate for the month, down from 5.9% in August and from 7.8% in September 2017.

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