Ohio’s unemployment rate higher than national average

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A worker at the Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio. Some union leaders have said the USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) doesn’t have enough protections for workers. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

By Tyler Buchanan


Ohio’s unemployment rate was unchanged in November from a month prior and remains higher than the national average.

The unemployment in November stood at 4.2 percent, the same it was in October, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported on Friday.

The rate is, however, better now in Ohio than November 2018 when it was 4.6 percent. JFS reported there were 20,000 fewer unemployed Ohioans last month than the same month in 2018.

The federal unemployment rate improved to 3.5 percent last month, down from 3.6 percent in October. JFS reports it was 3.7 percent in November 2018.

In Ohio, there were slight gains last month in manufacturing and the service-providing industries, outpacing losses in mining/logging, construction and professional/business services.

The full Ohio JFS report can be viewed here.

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. Read more Ohio Capital Journal stories here.

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