Warren Tops Ohio Unemployment Rates in January

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Warren started 2020 with the highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports. 

Warren’s 8.2% unemployment rate in January exceeded the state’s second-highest rate, Youngstown’s 7.6%.   

Unemployment in both cities were up from the prior month, but down from a year earlier. 

In December, Warren’s unemployment rate was 6.5% and Youngstown’s 6.1%. The January 2019 unemployment rates for the two cities were 8.3% in Warren and 8.4% in Youngstown.

Trumbull County posted a January unemployment rate of 7.5%, up a tenth of a percentage point from 7.4% a year earlier and nearly two full percentage points from 5.6% in December. 

Mahoning County’s unemployment rate was 6.9% in January, unchanged from a year earlier and up from 5.2% in December.

In Columbiana County, the January unemployment rate was 6.3%, up slightly from 6.2% in January 2019 and up from 4.4% in December.

For the metropolitan statistical area that covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County, Pa., unemployment was 6.9%, up from 6.8% in January 2019 and from 5.4% in December. For the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, the unemployment rate was 7.2%, up from 5.4% in December and unchanged from January 2019’s rate. 

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