Youngstown, Warren Jobless Rates Drop 2%

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Unemployment in the city of Warren last month was down by more than 2 percentage points from a year earlier, the latest statewide numbers show.

In August, Warren’s unemployment rate was 6.2%, down from 8.5% in August 2014 and down from 7.2% in July, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

Youngstown’s unemployment rate declined by nearly 2 percentage points over the year as well. The city’s unemployment rate was 6.8% in August, down from 8.7% a year earlier and from 8.0% in July.

County unemployment rates in the region also declined last month, although not as dramatically as in the Mahoning Valley’s two largest cities.

Columbiana County’s unemployment rate was 4.9%, down from 6.3% in August 2014 and from 5.7% in July. Mahoning County’s rate was 5.2% last month, down from 6.0% the month before and from 6.4% a year earlier. Trumbull County’s rate was 5.4% in August, compared with 6.9% in August 2014 and from 6.2% in July.

The August unemployment rate for the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman OH-PA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, was 5.3%, down from 6.1% in July and from 6.6% in August 2014. The rate for the Ohio-only portion of the MSA was the same for all three periods.

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