Unemployment in Ohio fell sharply in April

Mark Williams, The Columbus Dispatch

May 16, 2014

Ohio's unemployment rate dropped sharply in April, pushing the rate down to its lowest level in six years, according to state figures released this morning.

The rate fell to 5.7 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March and 7.1 percent in December. The last time the rate was this low was February 2008, just two months after the official start of the recession.

The number of unemployed workers fell by 26,000 to 354,000 in March.

Meanwhile, employers added 12,600 jobs last month led by an increase of 6,200 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector and the addition of 4,600 government jobs.

Over the past year, the number of unemployed Ohioans fell by 94,000 and employers have added 55,300 jobs.