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Ohio's Unemployment Rate Steady At 4.2%, Higher Than National Average

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The latest numbers from state officials show that Ohio's unemployment rate didn't change at all last month.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services says the unemployment rate in Ohio stayed at 4.2%in December, the same rate as November. Still, that’s down from 4.6% in December 2018. 

Looking at jobs numbers over the year, the department says Ohio added more than 27,000 jobs in 2019. 

But critics have said Ohio's job growth last year remained the same as in 2018, and it lags behind the national unemployment rate of 3.5%.

Job growth was a major topic of conversation during President Donald Trump's last campaign stop in Ohio and will likely continue to be a main talking point throughout the 2020 election.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.