Ohio unemployment down, still remains in double digits

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    Ohio’s unemployment numbers decreased last month, with employment increasing mainly in goods-producing industries and the private service-providing sector. But unemployment remained in the double-digits.

    The state’s unemployment rate in May was 13.7%, down from 17.6% in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Wage increases in non-agricultural employment was up 127,100 from April’s numbers.

    The state’s unemployment rate is now close to the U.S. number of 13.3%, which was down from 14.7% the month before.

    Increases in employment were seen most in leisure and hospitality; trade, transportation and utilities; construction; and manufacturing. 

    Over the year, however, wage and salary employment decreased, with goods-producing industries losing 100,800 jobs, and manufacturing down 80,900. 

    The private service industry lost 586,000 since last year, with main losses in leisure and hospitality. 

    Last May, the state unemployment rate was 4.1%.

    Susan Tebben
    Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.