The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released Ohio’s unemployment numbers for July. After a long period of unemployment declines and early signs of a recovery, and despite a slight decrease in that national unemployment rate, Ohio saw an increase in unemployment of 2 tenths of a percent, increasing from 8.8% to 9%. This is the second month in a row in which Ohio’s unemployment rate has risen, following 22 straight months without an increase.
This increase in unemployment adds 12,000 more workers to Ohio’s unemployment rolls.
The sector experiencing the largest decline in employment was leisure and hospitality, with a decrease of 6500. Continuing with the trends from June, and likely due to major budget cuts to local government in Governor Kasich’s budget, local governments saw a decrease of 4700 jobs. Additionally health and educational services experienced a decrease of 2900 jobs.
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