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Ohio's Jobless Rate Tops 10%.

Ohio has an unemployment rate of more than 10 %, for the first time in more than 25 years. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Friday that the state jobless rate for April was 10.2%, up from 9.7% in March.

Department spokesman Brian Harter says last month's rate was the highest since December 1983, when joblessness in Ohio hit 10.4%.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.9%.

Harter tells Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen the state continues to see major job losses in manufacturing, particularly in the auto industry, as well as in construction and services. Officials say 608,000 workers were unemployed last month in Ohio, up from 578,000 in March. The number of unemployed has grown by 235,000 in the past 12 months.