Ohio unemployment rises slightly in October

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo, a job applicant attends a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 19, 2016, file photo, a job applicant attends a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits a week earlier. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose just a bit from September to October.

The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio’s rate of 4.9 percent was up from 4.8 percent the previous month.

Ohio’s rate was in line with the national average 4.9 percent. That’s slightly lower than the 4.8 percent rate from a month ago and in October 2015.

The state says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 2,800 last month.

Job gains were reported last month in sectors including manufacturing, construction and leisure and hospitality. Losses were reported in professional and business services, trade, transportation, and utilities and government employment.

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