You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

State jobless rate holds at 5.5 percent

Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady last month at 5.5 percent, unchanged from May, as the state gained 12,700 non-farm jobs, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The monthly job gain was the second-biggest this year, and Ohio’s jobless rate is the lowest since April 2007 — eight months before the Great Recession began.

Unemployment in Ohio, which is down from 7.4 percent a year ago, is also lower than the U.S. unemployment rate, which fell to 6.1 percent last month.

Still, the steady decline in the state unemployment has been tied mainly to a sharp drop in labor force participation, or the number of Ohioans working or actively seeking jobs.

People are only counted as unemployed if they are jobless and looking for work, which means the unemployment rate can fall even if job growth remains stagnant.

The civilian labor force fell by 5,000 in June and has contracted by more than 214,000 since the economic recovery began five years ago, according to Hannah Halbert, a workforce researcher with Policy Matters Ohio.

“Ohio has made some gains since the end of the recession, but we continue to lag behind the nation, and too many Ohioans aren’t finding jobs,” Halbert said.

While job growth in Ohio continues to gain momentum, it trails the national rate.

In May, the overall economy finally recovered more than 9 million jobs lost in the recession. By contrast, Ohio still needs 112,800 jobs to complete its jobs recovery, according to Halbert’s calculations.

“While the gain announced today is one of the largest of the year, it serves to highlight how painfully slow our growth has become and how far we have to go to recovery,” she said. “This boost improves the picture slightly, but we still have a six-figure job deficit.”

June’s job gains were broad-based, though lower-wage sectors continued to account for the bulk of hiring.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states
Speedway to hire 1,000 workers across 9 states

Speedway will hire 1,000 workers in nine Midwest states and will host open interviews at each of its stores in the region later this month. The convenience store chain, with a headquarters in Enon, will host open interviews from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at every one of its stores in nine states, according to information from the company...
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track
Holiday debt blues? Here’s help getting on track

John North is president of the Dayton Better Business Bureau. With the holidays behind you, the new year is a great time to get your finances back on track if you’ve slipped a bit. By dedicating yourself to using credit responsibly and sticking to a sensible plan, then you can effectively pay down your debt. According to, total U.S....
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield...
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info
Gmail phishing scam may lead users to give up login info

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to gain access to unsuspecting Gmail users' accounts and target their login credentials, according to recent reports. Mark Maunder, CEO of security service Wordfence, described the scam in detail in a blog post, adding that it is also targeting other services beyond Gmail. Tech Times reported that the scam involves...
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement
Millennials spend more on coffee, save less for retirement

A large number of Millennials spent more on coffee in the past year than they invested in their retirement savings, according to a new study. » RELATED: What makes Millennials tick in the workplace? It may surprise you About 41 percent of the Millennials — ages 18 to 35 — admitted to spending more on coffee than they saved for retirement...
More Stories