July 24, 2016

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Ohio unemployment dips slightly in September

COLUMBUS — The final snapshot of Ohio’s job market before Election Day shows the state’s unemployment rate slipped in September to 10.0 percent.

Joblessness was down from 10.1 percent in August and continued a six-month decline from March’s 26-year high of 11.0 percent.

Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says Ohio’s falling unemployment is a trend that indicates a growing economy. However, employment also declined last month.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio dropped to 591,000 in September, from 601,000 the month before. Overall employment outside of farms fell by 17,300.

Unemployment remains well above the 5.5 percent rate from four years ago, when Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland was running for his first term.