Youngstown’s Unemployment Rises Half Point in July

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown’s unemployment rate increased by half a percentage point in July from the month before, as local unemployment rates overall showed more modest increases.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family services this morning reported the city’s July unemployment rate at 8.0%, up from 7.5% in June. In Warren, the unemployment rate was 7.2% last month, up from 7.0% the month before. In July 2014, unemployment in each of the cities stood at 9.8%.

Unemployment figures for the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan statistical area, which includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania, mirrored the Ohio-only portion of the MSA. July’s unemployment rate in the MSA and the two Ohio counties combined was 6.1%, up slightly from June’s 6.0% for that portion of the MSA.

In July 2014, the Ohio-only portion of the MSA’s unemployment rate was 7.3%, up modestly from 7.2% for the MSA overall.

In Columbiana County, July’s unemployment rate was 5.7%, compared with 5.6% in June and July 2014’s 6.7%. In Mahoning County, unemployment ticked up to 6.0% in July from June’s 5.9% and was down from 7.1% a year earlier.

Trumbull County’s July unemployment rate was unchanged from June’s, 6.2%, and was down from 7.6% in July 2014.

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