Unemployment Rate

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The economy continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month, and the unemployment rate remained low. Analysts have been looking for signs that wage growth might pick up, but it held steady, too.

Payrolls grew by a lower-than-expected 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, as projected, the Labor Department said Friday.

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Ohio’s unemployment rate went up in June to 4.5 percent. That’s compared with 4.3 percent in May, which was the lowest level since July 2001. But the number of employed Ohioans last month increased a bit, too.

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Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped again in April, this time to a level not seen in 17 years.

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Ohio’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in nearly 17 years.

A jobs report released Friday says Ohio’s jobless rate fell to 4.5 percent in February. That’s the state’s lowest official unemployment rate since August 2001.

During his final State of the State address, Gov. John Kasich said Ohio is the strongest it’s been in a generation. But a coalition of unions and health and human services organizations say they think they have the data to prove that’s not true.

The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in December, the Labor Department says, issuing the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged from November.

Analysts had predicted the Labor Department report would show another month of solid job gains. But it's a sharp dropoff from the revised November result of more than 250,000 jobs.

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Ohio’s official unemployment rate took a sharp downturn turn last month, although a separate survey of employers showed fewer people in the workforce.

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Ohio's official unemployment rate increased slightly last month, though another survey of employers shows the state added just over 5,000 jobs. 

An estimated 222,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, according to the monthly employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Friday.

"The job gains were better than expected — most economists had predicted a gain of 180,000 jobs," NPR's Chris Arnold reports for our Newscast unit.

The unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent — a 16-year low that was hit in May.

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports Ohio’s unemployment rate for March stood at 5.1 percent.  That number did not change from February’s rate.

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The U.S. added 227,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate rose just slightly, ticking up a tenth of a percentage point to 4.8 percent, according to the monthly report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The robust jobs number beat most predictions from economists, who had pegged the payroll increase at 175,000, according to NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

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The number of workers unemployed in Ohio rose slightly in September.  The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reports the unemployment was 4.8 percent in September, up from 4.7 percent in August.

Central Ohio Jobless Rate Slips Below 4 Percent

Sep 20, 2016

Central Ohio’s unemployment rate slipped in August to under 4 percent, making it the only metro area in the state to have a jobless rate that low.