Ohio reports 5.1 percent unemployment rate for January

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in January, matching the revised rate for December.

The jobless rate reported Friday by the state Department of Job and Family Services came in below the national rate of 5.7 percent, which rose slightly from the previous month. The state’s January rate is notably lower than a year earlier, when it was 6.5 percent.

Ohio had 293,000 unemployed workers in January. It saw tens of thousands of jobs added in the sectors of educational and health services and trade, transportation, and utilities.

Ohio’s unemployment rate for December initially was reported to be 4.8 percent, its lowest rate since 2001 and the fourth consecutive monthly decrease. That was later revised to 5.1 percent based on more detailed data.

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