Ohio unemployment rose to highest rate of year in August

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The unemployment rate in Ohio ticked higher last month as a broad swath of industries cut jobs, according to state figures released this morning.

The unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent in August from 7.2 percent in July. The 7.3 percent rate is the highest unemployment rate in more than a year.

The number of unemployed workers rose by 3,000 last month to 419,000, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

A separate survey of employers found that they cut 8,200 jobs over the past month.

The leisure and hospitality sector cut 7,100 jobs, the private education and health services sector cut 6,300 jobs, manufacturing reduced employment by 2,500 jobs and construction was down 2,100 jobs.

The lost jobs were more than enough to offset a gain of 4,900 jobs in the trade, transportation and utility sector, a pickup of 3,900 jobs in the professional and business services, and a gain of 2,100 jobs in government.

Over the past year, the state’s employers have added 32,500 jobs

mawilliams@dispatch.com