Ohio unemployment falls, Strickland says Ohio positioned for growthWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Strickland said for the first time in eight years Ohio’s unemployment rate is not higher than the national one. Ohio and Illinois are the only two states in the nation that have had declining unemployment rates for eight consecutive months, based on preliminary data for November.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Dec. 17 the state’s jobless rate slipped from 9.9 percent in October to 9.8 percent last month. The national unemployment rate for November also was 9.8 percent.
Officials note Ohio unemployment has now fallen for eight months in a row since hitting a 26-year high of 11 percent in March.
The number of unemployed workers in Ohio dropped to 579,000 last month, from 588,000 in October. Officials say the number has gone down by 58,000 in the past 12 months.
The state’s nonfarm payroll employment also fell in November, by 7,800.
In a prepared statement on Dec. 17, Governor Ted Strickland said, “For the first time since December 2002, Ohio’s unemployment rate is not higher than the national unemployment rate. And Ohio is one of only two states that have seen our unemployment rate move in the right direction for eight straight months. We weathered the global economic recession by living within our means and through investments and policies to create jobs and support our great middle class. Ohio’s economy is positioned for growth because we’ve built a strong foundation for our future.”