Ohio unemployment raises slightly in September

FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file 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. U.S. employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail and health care industries. Despite the jump, the Labor Department said Friday, April 1, 2016 that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
FILE - In this April 22, 2015 file 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. U.S. employers notched another solid month of hiring in March by adding 215,000 jobs, driven by large gains in the construction, retail and health care industries. Despite the jump, the Labor Department said Friday, April 1, 2016 that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5 percent from 4.9 percent. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — Ohio’s unemployment rate rose slightly in September.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says September’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent, up from 4.7 percent in August.

The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in September was 275,000, up 4,000 people from August.

Ohio JFS says the number of unemployed workers has increased by 12,000 people in the past 12 months from 263,000 in September of 2015.

The state’s unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than in September of 2015 when it was 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August, but down 0.1 percentage point from September of last year.

Job gains were reported in sectors including financial activities, professional and business services, and private service providers. Losses were reported in leisure and hospitality, construction and manufacturing, among other categories.

To give the number some perspective, Ohio’s unemployment rate five years ago in September was 8.7 percent according to Ohio JFS.

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