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April unemployment rate lowest in more than six years

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Ohio's jobless rate 5.7 percent last month, down from 6.1 percent in March

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's unemployment rate fell again in April - and to the lowest level in more than six years.

According to Friday morning's release from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, the state jobless rate was 5.7 percent in April, down significantly from 6.1 percent in March. The last time the jobless rate dipped to that level was February 2008.

The report shows that 328,000 Ohioans are unemployed, down 26,000 from March 2014. The number of unemployed has decreased by 94,000 since April 2013, when the jobless rate was 7.3 percent.

The utilities (+6,200), manufacturing (+2,100), and hospitality (+1,100) sectors saw the greatest gains, while declines were seen in construction (-900), and educational and health service (-2,800) industries.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March, and down from 7.5 percent in April 2013.

From the ODJFS:
"Goods-producing industries, at 875,000, added 1,200 jobs from March. Gains in manufacturing (+2,100) exceeded losses in construction (-900). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,667,900, increased 6,800. Job gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), other services (+2,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,100), and information (+400) while employment declines occurred in educational and health services (-2,800), professional and business services (-900), and financial activities (-100). Government employment, at 754,700, added 4,600 jobs in local (+2,000), state (+1,800) and federal (+800) government.

"From April 2013 to April 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment added 55,300 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 19,700. Manufacturing gained 11,500 jobs in durable goods (+9,700) and non-durable goods (+1,800). Construction added 7,600 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 600. Private service-providing industries added 40,200 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500), educational and health services (+6,700), and other services (+3,100). Declines were posted in financial activities (-4,100) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 4,600 at the state (-1,900), local (-1,600), and federal (-1,100) levels."

Z. Daniel Barnett

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