July 25, 2016

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Ohio’s unemployment rate stays at 8.6 percent

COLUMBUS — Ohio unemployment held steady in May and was lower than the national jobless rate for the second straight month.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said today that the state registered 8.6 percent unemployment last month, which was unchanged from April.

It’s a pause after 14 straight months of falling unemployment, the longest streak of its kind since 1983 and ’84.

The U.S. jobless rate for May was 9.1 percent, up from 9.0 percent in April.

State officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio dipped to 508,000 in May, from 509,000 the previous month. Payrolls outside of farms grew by 12,000.