Ohio jobless rate ticks up in July

Ohio lost 12,400 nonfarm jobs in July, and the state unemployment rate inced up to 5.7 percent from 5.5 percent a month earlier, the state jobs department reported Friday.

July employment was down from a revised 5,301,300 in June to 5,288,900 in July, and the number of unemployed workers in Ohio grew by 7,000 from 316,000 in June, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio’s unemployment rate is still lower than the national rate, which edged up to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June, and the state rate is down from 7.5 percent a year ago.

Over the past year, the state has added 24,400 nonfarm jobs.