Local jobless numbers climb

WARREN – Jobless numbers for Trumbull and Mahoning counties reached 8.1 percent in November, its highest point since July, according to local statistics released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

It was the first time since July that jobless rates for the two-county market surpassed 8 percent. It had hit 8.5 percent in July. One month earlier, the two-county unemployment rate hit 7.8 percent and 7.1 percent a year ago.

Individual work force and unemployment numbers for each county and for the municipalities of Warren and Youngstown also climbed to rates equal to or higher than the previous month and last year at this time.

In Warren, 16,000 of the 17,600 civilian work force members were employed in November, for 8.8 percent unemployment. Jobless rate for Warren in October was 8.2 percent, but was back up to 8.8 percent in November 2012.

Youngstown unemployment numbers released Friday were comparatively higher, at 10.1 percent in November. That compares to 9.8 percent in October and 8.4 percent in November 2012.

County numbers were slightly better, but still indicated a spike in unemployment for November. Trumbull reported 8 percent jobless, compared to 7.6 percent in both October and November 2012.

Mahoning County reported 8.2 percent, higher than 7.9 percent in October and 6.8 percent a year ago.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November, down from 7.5 percent in October, according to ODJFS.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 427,000, unchanged from October. The number of unemployed has increased by 37,000 in the past 12 months from 390,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.8 percent in November 2012.