Ohio Unemployment

Youngstown, Warren See Unemployment Rates Rise in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Unemployment in the area’s two largest cities rose in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, as Youngstown posted an 8.6% unemployment rate and Warren a 7.8% rate.

Youngstown’s unemployment – up from March’s 7.9% – was No. 2 in the state, behind only Sandusky, at 9.1%. Warren’s rate, meanwhile, ranked No. 4. It was an increase from March 7%.

Both unemployment rates are down substantially from April 2020, in the midst of the early-pandemic surge. Then, both cities were above 20% unemployment – 20.8% in Youngstown and 23% in Warren.

At the county level, Mahoning and Trumbull counties both ticked upward. Mahoning County’s rate was 6.8% in April, up from 6.6% in March, while Trumbull’s was 6.7% last month, up from 6.3%. Columbiana County held steady at 5.4%.

Across the Youngstown-Boardman-Warren metropolitan statistical area, which covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties along with Mercer County, Pa., the unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 6.7% in April.

Ohio’s unemployment rate in April was 6.1%, up a tenth of a percentage point from March. The national rate held steady at 4.7%.

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