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Ohio's Unemployment Rate Stays Level Despite Job Losses In Manufacturing

Workers on the Honda assembly line in Marysville, Ohio.
Steve Brown
Workers build Honda Accords at the Honda factory in Marysville,ohio

Ohio's unemployment rate stayed level last month at 4.2%, the same as in September.

It's an improvement from a year ago in October 2018, when the unemployment rate was 4.6%.

Ohio’s numbers remain higher than the national rate. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6% in October, a slight increase from September but a slight decrease from the year before.

Ohio’s Job and Family Services Department (OJFSD) says state and local government added 3,000 jobs.  Leisure and hospitality also saw job gains of 2,400, while educational and health services gained 2,300 jobs.

Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector lost the same amount between September and October. Nonagricultural industries lost 1,000 jobs, as did construction.

OJFSD also reports that losses in construction and manufacturing once again exceeded gains in mining and logging.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.