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Columbiana County jobless rate falls to 10%

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate declined just barely in July, while the number of people receiving jobless benefits increased by about 100.

The jobless rate fell to 10 percent in July, down 0.1 percent from the month before, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Still, the unemployment continued to drop from April, when it more than tripled to 20.4 percent because of the government shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine began to gradually reopen the economy starting in May, and that has been reflected in the declining unemployment numbers.

The state and national jobless rates also continued to drop. The state unemployment rate was 8.8 percent last month, compared to 9.1 percent in July, while the national rate declined from 10.5 percent in July to 8.5 percent in August.

The unemployment rate fell in 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and the county’s jobless rate remained the 10th highest in the state. Among adjoining Ohio counties, Columbiana County’s unemployment rate was lower than Mahoning (11.1 percent) and Jefferson (11.2 percent), but higher than Stark (8.6 percent) and Carroll (9.1 percent).

The number of residents with jobs was an estimated 42,600, an increase of 700 from July, but up considerably from 37,600 in April. Approximately 47,200 countians had jobs just before the government shutdown in March.

The number of residents continuing to receive unemployment benefits increased, from 10,989 in July to 11,093 last month. The average weekly benefit payment in August was $337.

The formula used to determine the unemployment rate is based on a household phone survey, business surveys, benefit claims and other data.

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