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Youngstown Posts Highest Unemployment Rate in Ohio

June 26, 2019

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown’s unemployment rate was 6.2% in May, the highest rate among Ohio cities, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports. 

The city’s unemployment rate was a tenth of a percentage point higher than Toledo’s 6.1% last month. Warren, which for months has traded positions with Youngstown as the city with the highest unemployment rate, was No. 3 at 5.9%.

Youngstown’s May unemployment rate was up from the 5.9% rate posted in April and May 2018. Warren’s rate last month was down from 6.0% the month before and from May’s 6.1%. 

Trumbull County posted the fifth-highest May unemployment rate among Ohio’s 88 counties, 5.2%. Mahoning County ranked eighth at 4.9%. 

Trumbull’s rate last month was down from 5.3% in April but up from May 2018’s 5%. Mahoning county’s rate last month was unchanged from April’s 4.9%, but up from 4.8% in May 2018.

Columbiana County reported a 4.0% unemployment rate in May, 25th highest among Ohio counties, up from April’s 3.8% but down from 4.4% in May 2018. 

For the metropolitan statistical area that covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, the unemployment rate in May was 4.9%, up from 4.7% a year earlier and up from 4.8% in April. 

In the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, unemployment was reported at 5.1%, unchanged from the month before but up from 4.9% in May 2018. 

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.