CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Ohio's unemployment rate has once again remained stagnant, according to data released on Friday morning.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said that statewide unemployment remained at 7.2 percent in July, unchanged from the month before. The number of Ohioans looking for work in July was 416,000, a slight increase from the 413,000 reported in June. The number of unemployed in Ohio is virtually unchanged from July 2012, when unemployment was also 7.2 percent.
Ohio saw significant job gains in the education and health care fields (+ 20,800), as well as the leisure and hosplitality sector (+ 14,600). The most significant losses were felt in the construction (-6,300) and government sectors (- 8,700 local, - 2,500 federal).
Ohio's unemployment rate has consistently remained below the federal unemployment rate, which was 7.4 percent in July, down from 7.6 percent in June.
The Buckeye State's jobless rate peaked at 10.6 percent during the height of the Great Recession in late 2009 and early 2010.
For a detailed look at Ohio's unemployment figures for July, view Friday morning's press release from ODJFS.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is ready to release the monthly update on its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which hasn't changed much since the beginning of the year.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is slated to unveil the jobless rate for July on Friday morning, along with the latest statewide labor force data.
The state unemployment rate has hovered around 7 percent so far this year. It rose to 7.2 percent in June, when Ohio reported a loss of 12,500 jobs - the second-largest loss for any state that month.
Ohio's rate has consistently remained below the nation's rate.
The state unemployment rate peaked at 10.6 percent during the last half of 2009 and early 2010 before beginning to drop off.