Warren, Youngstown Post Highest Jobless Rates

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local unemployment rates spiked in January, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. Unemployment rates in Mahoning and Trumbull counties were up both from December and from a year earlier, data shows.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was 8.4% in January, up from 6.15 in December and from 7.8% in January 2017. Mahoning County, unemployment rate in January was 8.0%, up from 5.9% the month before and from 7.5% a year ago January.

Columbiana County’s January unemployment rate – 6.4% — also rose from the prior month but was down from a year earlier. The county’s December unemployment rate was 5.2% while January 2017’s was 7.7%.

Trumbull’s January rate was ninth highest in the state among Ohio’s 88 counties, and Mahoning’s was 11th. They were among 13 Ohio counties that posted unemployment rates of 8% or above for the month.

Among the Ohio cities in the data released this morning, Warren and Youngstown again posted the highest rates statewide. Warren’s rate in January was 9.2%, matching the rate a year earlier and up two percentage points from December’s 9.2% rate.

Youngstown’s January rate was 8.9%. That was down modestly from 9.1% a year earlier but up from December’s 7.0%.

The Youngstown-Warren metropolitan statistical area posted a 7.8% unemployment rate in January. That was up from 7.6% a year earlier and from 5.8% in December.

The Youngstown-Warren MSA covers Mahoning and Trumbull Counties in Ohio and Mercer County, Pa. The unemployment rate for the Ohio-only portion of the MSA was 8.2% in January, up from 7.9% a year earlier and from 6.0% in December.

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