Youngstown Shares Highest Jobless Rate with 2 Cities

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown tied with the cities of Cleveland and Lorain for the highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities in May, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning.

All three cities recorded unemployment rates of 7.6% last month, followed by Maple Heights at 7.5% and Warren at 7.4%.

Youngstown’s May unemployment rate was unchanged from the month before, but was up from 7.0% in May 2016. Warren’s rate last month was down from 7.6% in April but up from May 2016’s 6.8%.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was seventh highest among Ohio counties last month, at 6.1%, down a tenth of a percentage point from 6.2% in April but up from 5.9% in May 2016.

Mahoning County posted the 13th highest rate among counties in the state, 5.8% last month, compared with 5.5% a year earlier and 6.0% in April.

Columbiana County’s unemployment rate in May was 5.3%. That was down from 5.5% the month before and from 5.9% in May 2016.

The unemployment for the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, was 5.9%, unchanged from the month before and up slightly from 5.7% a year earlier.

For the two Ohio counties in the metro, the unemployment rate was 6.0%, down from 6.1% in April and up from 5.8% in May 2016.

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