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Youngstown, Warren Tie for Ohio’s Second-Highest Jobless Rate

August 21, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown and Warren were tied for the second-highest unemployment rate among Ohio cities in July, according to data from the state Department of Job and Family Services, as the two cities both posted rates of 8.2%.

The figure trails behind only the city of Lorain, which came in at 8.4%.

For the Mahoning County seat, the rate was unchanged from June, while the Trumbull County seat was up from 8.1% the month before. Both were down sharply from July 17, when Youngstown and Warren posted unemployment rates of 9.8% and 10.5%, respectively.

For the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman metropolitan statistical area, which includes Trumbull and Mahoning counties as well as Mercer County in Pennsylvania, the overall unemployment rate was 6.1% last month, even with June’s number but down from July 2017’s 7.7%. For the Ohio-only portion of the statistical area, the rate was 6.4%, up from 6.3% a month ago and down from 8.2% last year.

Individually, Columbiana County had the lowest unemployment rate in the area, coming in at 5.4%, a drop from the previous month’s 5.8% and July 2017’s 6.2%. Mahoning County was at 6.2%, even with June and down from 10.5% a year ago, while Trumbull County posted a 6.6% rate, up a tick from June’s 6.5% and down from last July, when the rate was 8.5%.

Columbiana County’s unemployment rate was 27th-highest among the state’s 88 counties, while Trumbull and Mahoning counties were No. 9 and No. 14, respectively. Mercer County, on the western side of the state, had Ohio’s lowest unemployment rate at 3%.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.