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Ohio’s unemployment rate has fallen below 10 percent for the first time in more than a year and a half.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) said Nov. 19 the state’s jobless rate ticked down to 9.9 percent in October, from an even 10 percent in September.
ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said in a statement that unemployment declined for the seventh straight month with help from hiring in services, manufacturing and construction.
Gov. Ted Strickland, who was voted out of office at the Nov. 2 election, credited his administration’s policies and investment in high-tech industries for the improvement.
“Ohio had the fifth fastest-growing economy over the past 12 months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia,” Strickland said. “Our forward-looking policies are putting Ohioans back to work.”
The department reported the last time Ohio’s unemployment rate was under 10 percent was in March 2009.
The state’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 8,400 last month. The number of unemployed workers dropped to 588,000, from 591,000 in September. Officials say the number has gone down by 50,000 in the past 12 months.
ODJFS also reported employment at service-providing industries as 4,219,400, were up 7,200 from September. The largest increase occurred in government (+4,300). Other industries adding jobs included professional and business services (+2,700), leisure and hospitality (+2,600), and educational and health services (+2,100). Declines took place in financial activities (-3,000), other services (-600), trade, transportation, and utilities (-500), and information (-400). Goods-producing industries increased 1,200 to 803,500 as construction and manufacturing added 600 jobs each. Mining and logging remained at the September level.
Unemployment numbers for counties, cities and metropolitan areas are set to be released on Nov. 23. Lucas County’s unemployment rate in September was 10.7 percent, Toledo’s was 11.4 percent.
October’s unemployment rate for the U.S. was 9.6 percent.
Associated Press contributed to this report.