Unemployment Rate

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Ohio’s unemployment rate reached a record high of 16.8% in April, nearly triple the month before, as COVID-19 closures fully hit economic activity.

It probably comes as no surprise that unemployment claims in Ohio have skyrocketed this week as businesses continue to temporarily close and lay off workers to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Ohio’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in November even as the state added almost 7,000 new jobs. 

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Ohio's unemployment rate stayed level last month at 4.2%, the same as in September.

Ohio's Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.4 Percent

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Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from February to March.

Updated at 4:14 p.m. ET Friday

The jobless rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of 3.7 percent in November as employers added 155,000 jobs, fewer than in October and less than expected by private analysts.

Meanwhile, wages grew 3.1 percent over the past 12 months, the same rate as in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Average earnings climbed to $27.35 an hour.

Updated at 9:08 a.m. ET

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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