Ohio's unemployment rate drops a notch

Weekly Unemployment Claims

(Columbus) - State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate dipped slightly in September from the previous month remains remains higher than the U.S. rate.

The state jobless index fell to 5.3 percent in September compared with 5.4 percent the previous month. 

Ohio's unemployment rate in September 2016 stood at 5 percent.

The national rate was 4.2 percent in September compared with 4.4 percent in August and 4.9 percent in September 2016.

The state department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased by 10,500 from August to September.

Job gains were in trade, transportation and utilities; educational and health services; and leisure and hospitality surpassed losses in financial activities, other services, information and professional and business services.

Manufacturing and construction both showed gains last month.

The Buckeye Institute's Ray Hederman sees the report as good news, in spite of Ohio lagging behind the rest of the nation.

Hederman points to two previous jobs reports as being lackluster, prompting concern. He notes, that's now in the past.

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