COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate fell last month to 7.0 percent after hovering for two months at 7.1 percent, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Friday.
That was the first decline in the jobless rate since it dipped from 6.8 to 6.7 percent in December and was the lowest since January’s 7.0 percent.
Ohio employers added 7,600 jobs over the month, according a survey of businesses conducted by the US Department of Labor.
The number of unemployed workers dropped by 7,000 from March to 400,000 and has decreased by 21,000 in the past 12 months.
The growth was powered by the service sector, which added 7,400 jobs, and manufacturing, which increased employment by 2,400, the state reported.
The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in April 2012.
In the past year, 18,700 service jobs and 8,800 manufacturing jobs have been added in Ohio while government employment shrunk by 14,000 jobs.
The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in March and 8.1 percent in April 2012.