Little change in the Valley’s jobless numbers

WARREN – Local jobless numbers released Tuesday for March showed little change from those figures of a year ago.

The Trumbull-Mahoning county market showed a slight improvement to 8.3 percent from 8.4 percent a year ago, and Mahoning County figures showed the largest local improvement also to 8.3 from 8.6 percent in March 2012.

Despite the improvement, the number of employed workers in the two-county market dropped slightly to 192,800 when compared to the 192,900 employed a year ago. The size of the local civilian labor force also dropped to 210,200 to 210,600.

Trumbull County jobless numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services also came in at 8.3 percent, a figure that was slightly higher than the 8.2 percent reported a year ago in Trumbull County.

Both counties also reported slight improvement over the jobless numbers from February.

Municipal unemployment figures showed improvement in both Warren and Youngstown when compared to last year. Warren reported 8.6 percent jobless, down a tenth of a point from March 2012. Youngstown reported 9.9 percent unemployment, also down from 10.1 percent reported in March 2012.

All the local statistics, which are not seasonally adjusted, are higher than the March figures for both the state and the nation. Ohio’s unemployment for March was listed at 7.1 percent, unchanged from the revised February rate.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in February, and down from 8.2 percent in March 2012.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 406,000, up from 405,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 425,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in March 2012.