After posting the worst job losses in the nation in March, Ohio saw modest job growth in April, and the unemployment rate dipped to 7 percent.
The rate was 7.1 percent last month.
Nonfarm employment rose by 7,600 workers in April, with some of the largest gains occurring in leisure and hospitality (+5,300); trade, transportation and utilities (+3,500); and manufacturing (+2,400 jobs).
The biggest losers included professional and business services (-2,300 jobs), and construction (-1,400).
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 400,000, down from 407,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in April 2012.