Ohio's May Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 7%



State officials say Ohio’s economy and its job market are getting stronger.
 
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7% in May, unchanged from April, according to data released Friday.   
 
Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says two things are happening in the state right now.  He says Ohio added over 32,000 jobs last month and the labor force is growing, which means more people are working and more people are looking for work. 
 

    

Johnson says there are some areas where the state lost jobs last month as well.
 


 
Johnson says people need to keep in mind that Ohio’s economy is improving and has been improving for more than two years.  But he says the process is slow. 
 


 
Johnson also says Ohio’s jobless rate has consistently remained below the national average.  The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 7.6%.


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