Ohio unemployment rate drops again in August to 4.7 percent

In this April 22, 2015 photo, Ralph Logan, general manager of Microtrain, left, speaks with James Smith who is seeking employment during a National Career Fairs job fair in Chicago. For months, U.S. employers have steadily added jobs even as global growth has flagged and financial markets have sunk. The jobs report for December on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, may provide some hints of whether that trend can endure. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
In this April 22, 2015 photo, Ralph Logan, general manager of Microtrain, left, speaks with James Smith who is seeking employment during a National Career Fairs job fair in Chicago. For months, U.S. employers have steadily added jobs even as global growth has flagged and financial markets have sunk. The jobs report for December on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, may provide some hints of whether that trend can endure. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped again in August to 4.7 percent.

That’s down from 4.8 percent the previous month but up slightly from 4.6 percent in August 2015. The national unemployment rate for last month held steady at 4.9 percent.

The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio had 272,000 unemployed workers last month. That’s 6,000 less than in July but 9,000 more than a year earlier.

The sectors that reported job gains in Ohio compared with a year ago included educational and health services, government employment, leisure and hospitality, construction and goods-producing industries. Losses were reported in mining and logging and information jobs.

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