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Ohio's jobless rate rises, but officials cite positive news
More than 3,000 new jobs were added in the state during the past month
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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After dropping all last year, Ohio’s official unemployment rate has just gone up. The newly released number for January stands at 7 percent — up from 6.7 percent in December.

It’s been more than three years since Ohio has seen such a big monthly uptick in the rate, but jobs officials say the increase is not necessarily bad news.

Ben Johnson is with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. He tells Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen there’s a more important number than the official jobless rate.

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That’s Ben Johnson, who tracks Ohio’s unemployment situation for the Department of Job and Family Services.

Despite the increase in Ohio’s jobless rate in January, the state’s rate — 7 percent — remains below the latest national rate of 7.7 percent

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