Ohio jobless rate falls to 6.9 percent

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October, down from 7.1 percent in September, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 13,900 over the month from the revised 5,178,000 in September to 5,191,900 in October.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 396,000, down from 406,000 in September.

The number of unemployed has decreased by 88,000 in the past 12 months from 484,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.3 percent in October 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in September, and down from 8.9 percent in October 2011.

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