Economic Development

Warren, Youngstown Post Highest Jobless Rates

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Warren and Youngstown had the highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities in November, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Warren posted a rate of 7.1%, the highest in the state, while Youngstown was at 6.7%, the second-highest.

Warren’s unemployment rate was up from 6.9% both in October and November 2018. Youngstown saw its rate decline from those months, posting 6.8% the month prior and 7.1% in November last year.

Trumbull County posted the area’s highest unemployment rate at 6%, up slightly from October’s 5.8% and even with November 2018 mark, putting it at No. 9 in the state. Mahoning County was ranked 16th at 5.5%, even with the previous month and down from the year-ago level of 5.7%. And at 4.5%, Columbiana County ranked No. 31. That county’s rate was lower than both October’s 4.8% and November 2018’s 4.7%.

Overall, the Youngstown Metropolitan Statistical Area – which includes the three counties as well as Mercer County, Pa. – posted a 5.6% unemployment rate, up from 5.5% in October and 5.4% in the year-ago November. In the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, the rate was 5.7%, even with the previous month and down from 5.8% in November 2018.

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