Ohio’s July unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s unemployment rate for July ticked up slightly after job reports for the last two months showed the rate at its lowest level since before the Great Recession.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released last month’s job figures on Friday showing the state’s unemployment rate at 5.7 percent. That’s up from the seasonally adjusted rate in May and June of 5.5 percent.

The state’s unemployment rate remained below the nation’s jobless rate, which was 6.2 percent for July.

Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,400 over the last month. And the number of unemployed workers in Ohio in July rose by 7,000 – from 316,000 in June to 323,000 in July.

Last year, July’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is up slightly but remains better than the national figure.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 5.7 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from June. The U.S. rate is currently 6.2 percent.

The civilian labor force fell by 32,000, and unemployment rose by 4,000, the first increase in nearly two years.

The agency says private industry lost 3,400 jobs but hiring in the public sector rose for the sixth straight month.

The biggest job gains are in construction.

One year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

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