The number of workers unemployed in Ohio fell in December to 270,000, down 9,000 from November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 14,000 in the past year from 284,000.
The December unemployment rate for Ohio also fell from 5 percent in December 2016.
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But the state’s jobless rate is still higher than the national number. The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 4.1 percent, unchanged from November, and down from 4.7 percent in December last year.
Ohio’s private service-providing sector, at 3,855,800, gained 600 jobs, the state said.
Employment gains were also seen in leisure and hospitality (2,200 added jobs), financial activities (+1,600), and educational and health services (+800 jobs).
Meanwhile, there were losses in professional and business services (-3,500) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-500).
Information and other services had no change over the month. Government employment, at 766,900, increased 700. Gains in state government (+1,900) outweighed losses in local (-1,100) and federal (-100) government.