More working, yet jobless rate climbs

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate went up in July, marking the third consecutive monthly increase since the jobless rate reached a 45-year low in April.

The county’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent last month, an increase of 0.7 percent over June, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s jobless rate has been increasing since it dropped to 3.8 percent in April, its lowest point since 1974.

While the county’s rate was increasing, the the national jobless rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent.

The county was not alone in seeing its unemployment rate increase. The rate increased in 87 of 88 Ohio counties last month, even though the state rate was unchanged at 4 percent. The county’s rate was the 17th highest in the state.

Among adjoining Ohio counties, Columbiana County’s rate was lower than Mahoning (6.1 percent) and Jefferson (6.2 percent) but higher than Carroll (4.6 percent) and Stark (4.6 percent).

While the jobless rate was increasing, the number of county residents receiving unemployment benefits decreased by 92 in July to 1,776 – a 5 percent decline. Meanwhile, the estimated number of residents with jobs rose by 200 to 45,700.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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