COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Unemployment is holding steady in Ohio following three straight months of rising joblessness.
The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio's unemployment rate stood at 9.1 percent in September, unchanged from August.
The national jobless rate for September also held at 9.1 percent during the last two months.
State officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio during September was 534,000, down from 536,000 in August.
Meanwhile, payrolls outside of farms fell by 21,600 last month.
The state lost jobs in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and educational and health services. Gains were seen in Ohio's information industry and in trade, transportation, and utilities.
The state's unemployment rate had been on the rise recently after falling to a more than two-year low earlier in the year.
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