Ohio jobless rate edges down

With big gains in transportation, utilities and business services, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped slightly last month, to 4.3 percent down from 4.4 percent the month before.

The number of unemployed Ohioans has fallen by 43,000 people in the past year, while goods-producing industries added 15,100 jobs and manufacturing added 10,500 jobs, the state said Friday.

Ohio’s non-farm employment decreased 1,000 over the month, from a revised 5,577,700 in March to 5,576,700 in April.

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The April jobless rate for Ohio fell from 5.1 percent in April 2017.

Once again, Ohio’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national number. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in March, and down from 4.4 percent in April 2017.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 926,300, fell 1,700 over April as losses in manufacturing, which lost 1,800 jobs, and mining and logging (a loss of 100 jobs) outpaced a gain of 200 jobs in construction.

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The big winners were trade, transportation, and utilities (with 2,500 added jobs), professional and business services (2,300 added jobs), other services (+1,300 jobs), and information (+900).

Financial activities and educational and health services, as well as state and local government employment all saw losses.

From April 2017 to April 2018, non-farm wage and salary employment grew 56,900.

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