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Ohio jobless rate ticks up in August

Unemployment in Ohio rose slightly last month, according to new numbers from Ohio state government.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in August, up from 4 percent in July.

Non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,700 over the month, because July’s numbers were revised downward, from a revised 5,588,000 in July to 5,591,700 in August. 

The biggest employment gains came in educational and health services (with more than 2,900 jobs added), professional and business services (more than 2,400 jobs added), financial activities (600 new jobs), and other services (also 600 jobs), according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

But there were losses in goods-producing industries, a sector that lost 1,400 jobs from July with a lost of about 1,200 manufacturing jobs and about 200 construction jobs.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 238,000, up 3,000 from 235,000 in July.

The number of unemployed has decreased by 24,000 in the past year from 262,000.

And the August unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in August 2018.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 3.7 percent, unchanged from July, and down from 3.8 percent in August 2018.

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