Ohio unemployment saw small drop in November

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Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped for the first time in 2013, falling to 7.4 percent in November from 7.5 percent in October, according to state figures released this morning.

The state’s unemployment rate has been moving higher throughout 2013 after hitting a post-recession low of 6.7 percent last December.

Even with the drop, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said the number of unemployed workers held steady at 427,000 last month. The state has 37,000 more unemployed workers than it did a year ago.

The report also show that the state’s employers cut 12,000 jobs last month, led by a loss of 12,200 jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector.

The construction sector lost 3,600 jobs and the professional and business sector cut 1,800 jobs.

The private education and healthcare sector added 4,200 jobs in November and the trade, transportation and utilities sector added 3,000 jobs.

Ohio employers have added 19,800 jobs over the past year.

mawilliams@dispatch.com