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Ohio's unemployment rate continues to rise
419,000 people were jobless in Ohio in August

Karen Kasler
Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the slowly improving economy contributes to the unemployment rates.
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Ohio's unemployment rate has increased slightly.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in August was 7.3 percent. That’s the highest rate in a year, and the jobless rate hasn’t fallen below 7 percent since January.

But Ben Johnson with ODJFS says this doesn’t mean the state’s economic recovery has totally stalled.

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“It’s important to know that the economy is still slowly improving. The state over that 12 months has added more than 32,000 jobs, but it’s happening very slowly and it’s no surprising considering the pace of the recovery that the unemployment rate is essentially unchanged.”

Ohio logged 419,000 unemployed workers in August, about 3,000 more than in July. The biggest losses were in the leisure and hospitality sector and in educational and health services.

The state’s jobless rate now matches the federal unemployment rate for the first time since July 2011.

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