Ohio’s labor force grew by 25K in 2013.

Ohio’s average annual unemployment rate remained unchanged from 2012 to 2013 at 7.4 percent, but the labor force grew by 25,000 workers, reversing a long-term decline in the number of Ohioans who had a job or were actively seeking work, according to figures released today by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The number of employed Ohioans grew by 24,000, year-over-year, and Ohio was one of 17 states that saw an increase in its employment-population ratio, or the proportion of the working-age population that is actually employed, according to the BLS report.

Nationally, the employment-population ratio was unchanged from 2012 to 2013, and the annual average U.S. jobless rate fell by 0.7 percentage points to 7.4 percent, in line with Ohio’s rate.

Average annual unemployment rates declined last year in 43 states and the District of Columbia, rose in two states, and were unchanged in five states, the BLS reported.

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