No state lost more jobs last month than Ohio, according to a federal government report released yesterday. Ohio employers cut 12,400 jobs in July, topping the 9,000 jobs lost in Maryland and the 4,600 lost in South Carolina.
No state lost more jobs last month than Ohio, according to a federal government report released yesterday.
Ohio employers cut 12,400 jobs in July, topping the 9,000 jobs lost in Maryland and the 4,600 lost in South Carolina.
The state reported on Friday that Ohio’s unemployment rate edged up to 5.7 percent in July from a seven-year low of 5.5 percent in May and June.
Ohio was one of 30 states to report a higher unemployment rate in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Eight states had decreases, and the rate remained the same in 12 states.
Despite the increase in July, Ohio’s unemployment rate is down from 7.5 percent last July, and the number of unemployed workers has dropped by 110,000 over the past year.
The increase in the jobless rate reflects an increase in job-hunters nationwide as an improving economy has encouraged more people to seek work.
The national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2 percent in July from 6.1 percent in June, the government said this month, even as employers added 209,000 jobs.
The reason the rate rose nationwide as hiring increased is that more Americans launched job searches but didn’t find work. That lifted the number of unemployed. Still, the rise in people seeking jobs suggests they’re more optimistic about their prospects.
The jobless aren’t counted as unemployed unless they’re actively seeking work.
Mississippi had the highest unemployment rate in July, 8 percent.
North Dakota had the lowest rate in the nation, as it has for many years, at 2.8 percent. The state is benefiting from an oil- and gas-drilling boom.
The biggest job gains were in Texas, which added 46,600 jobs, followed by California with 27,700 and Michigan with 17,900.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this story.