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Ohio jobless rate ticks down

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in May, down slightly from 5 percent in April, Ohio government said Friday.

The number of those with jobs also rose, with Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment rising 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,509,100 in April to 5,515,400 in May 2017.

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 286,000, down 2,000 from 288,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000, however.

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The May unemployment rate for Ohio, at 4.9 percent, did not change from May 2016.

Ohio’s jobless rate is still slightly higher than the national number, the state noted. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 4.3 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in April, and 0.4 percentage points lower than in May 2016.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 905,700, fell 5,600 over the month as losses in manufacturing (-3,600) and construction (-2,100) exceeded gains in mining and logging (+100), the state’s Department of Job and Family Services said.

The private service-providing sector, at 3,836,100, increased 5,200. Employment gains in professional and business services (+7,000), educational and health services (+6,500), other services (+2,900), and financial activities (+1,900) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-6,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (-5,900), and information (-1,200), the state said.

Government employment, at 773,600, increased 6,700 in state (+5,000), local (+1,300), and federal (+400) government.

Sub-state unemployment numbers for cities and counties will be released Tuesday.

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