June 28, 2016

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Analyst: Lack of jobs data creates ‘month of ignorance’

Statewide employment data for September won’t be available for nearly another month, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced.

The September statistics, along with those from October, will be released Nov. 22. County and city data for the same months will be available Nov. 26.

The data for September had been scheduled for release Oct. 8.

Officials blamed the delay on the 16-day federal government shutdown, which began Oct. 1.

The state employment report uses data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, which were affected by the shutdown.

George Zeller, a Cleveland-based economics researcher who analyses the labor market for local government agencies, said, “We have an entire month of ignorance that was caused by the shutdown.”

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