Youngstown, Warren Tie for 2nd Highest Unemployment Rate

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown and Warren, which for months have posted the highest unemployment rates among Ohio cities, tied for second in June.

Both Mahoning Valley cities reported unemployment rates of 7.2% last month, just below the 7.5% rate Athens posted, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. 

Locally, unemployment rates spiked from May. 

Warren’s unemployment rate in June increased 1.2% from 6% in May, though down from 7.7% in June 2018. Youngstown’s rate last month was up a full percentage point from the month before, but down from 7.6% in June 2018.

Trumbull County reported a 6% unemployment rate in June, seventh highest among Ohio’s 88 counties. That rate was up from 5.2% in May though down modestly from 6.1% in June 2018.

At 5.7%, Mahoning County’s June unemployment rate was 11th highest among Ohio counties. It was up from 5% in May though down slightly from June 2018, which stood at 5.8%.

Columbiana County reported a 4.8% unemployment rate in June, up from 4% in May and down from 5.4% in June 2018.

The unemployment rate for the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, reported a 5.6% unemployment rate in June, up from May’s 4.9% rate and down from 5.8% in June 2018. For the Ohio-only portion of the MSA, unemployment was 5.8%, up from 5.1% in May and down from 5.9% in June 2018.

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