Ohio Unemployment Rises To 11.2 Pct. In July

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's unemployment rate ticked up a notch to 11.2 percent in July, another level not seen for more than a quarter century.

Last month's rate was up from June's 11.1 percent and was 4.5 percentage points higher than the July 2008 rate of 6.7 percent.

Spokesman Brian Harter with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the last time the state had unemployment of 11.2 percent was in August 1983.

Department director Douglas Lumpkin said in a statement Friday that last month's gains in services jobs were partially offset by losses in manufacturing.

Officials say the number of unemployed in Ohio was 664,000 during July, up from 663,000 in June.

The number of out-of-work Ohioans has increased by 265,000 in the last 12 months.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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