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More Ohioans find jobs, but the unemployment rate remains the same
May rate stays at 7 percent, below the national numbers
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE
and STEVE BROWN, WOSU


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M.L. Schultze
 
Big projects, such as Cleveland's convention-center complex, helped boost construction jobs in Ohio in May.
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Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7 percent in May, the same as in April. But Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says that’s still good news because more Ohioans were looking for work last month, and some 32,000 more of them found jobs.

And Johnson they were most likely to find jobs in the seasonal service industry, in temporary white-collar work, in private education and health care, and – for a change -- in construction.

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“The increase of about 4,000 construction jobs is largely to big projects; these aren’t necessarily residential homes. They’re larger commercial or civil engineering-type projects. And construction has lagged in Ohio for some time, so to see significant growth in that sector is a good sign.”

 Johnson noted that traditionally, the pool of job applicants grows in May when people graduate from high school and college. But that has not been the case through much of the recession. So he says the growth this May indicates young people may have more confidence in their job prospects.

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