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Ohio unemployment rates drop to lowest number in seven years
After years of high jobless rates, Ohio's unemployment rate is nearly half of what it was back in late 2009

Karen Kasler
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The state recorded its lowest jobless rate in seven years last month. Ohio’s unemployment rate was at 5.5 percent in May, down from 5.7 percent in April.

Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, tells Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler that the state added twenty-nine hundred jobs last month.

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The jobless rate was around seven percent for most of 2013, but has fallen steadily since the start of this year, which Republicans say is a credit to the Kasich administration’s policies on taxes and business.

Democrats have noted that 14,000 Ohioans have dropped out of the jobs market, and that Ohio still has to gain 140,000 jobs to bring the state back to pre-recession levels.
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