Warren, Youngstown tie for highest Nov. unemployment

WARREN — Although unemployment in the area improved slightly last month compared to where it was in November 2016, the Valley’s two largest cities tied for the highest jobless rates among those across the state.

Warren and Youngstown each posted unemployment rates of 6.9 percent last month, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The two cities were followed by Lorain with a jobless rate of 6.5 percent.

In November 2016, unemployment rates for Warren and Youngstown were 7.1 percent and 7.3 percent, respectively.

The two cities each marked 7.4 percent jobless rates in October. September unemployment rates for Warren and Youngstown, respectively, were 9.4 percent and 8.6 percent.

Year-over-year, Warren’s civilian labor force was unchanged in November with 13,300 of its 14,300 members working and 1,000 of them without jobs.

Meanwhile, Youngstown’s civilian labor force had 22,600 members in November, or 100 fewer than the same month in 2016. Both years, 21,100 members of the city’s labor pool were working in November. However, 1,600 people were jobless last month while 1,700 were unemployed in November 2016.

Overall, the combined jobless rate last month in Trumbull and Mahoning counties was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent in November 2016. The jobless rate in two-county region was 5.9 percent in October and 7.7 percent in September.

The combined labor pool last month in the two-county area had 194,600 members, with 183,800 people working and 10,800 unemployed.

Trumbull County’s unemployment rate in November was 5.6 percent, down from 5.9 percent the same month last year. The jobless was 6 percent in October and 7.9 percent in September.

Last month, there were 89,600 members in the county’s civilian labor force. Of those, 84,500 people in the county’s labor pool were employed, while 5,000 were out of work.

Mahoning County’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent last month, down from 5.5 percent the prior November. It was 5.9 percent in October and 7.5 percent in September.

There were 105,100 people in the county’s civilian labor force last month, with 99,300 employed and 5,800 jobless.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in November was 4.8 percent compared to 5 percent the same month last year; 5.1 percent in October; and 5.3 percent in September.

The state’s civilian labor force had 5.77 million members last month. Of those, 5.49 million were working, while 279,000 were unemployed.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate overall was 4.1 percent last month, down from 4.6 percent in November 2016. It was 4.1 percent in October and 4.2 percent in September.

Of the nation’s 161 million-member civilian labor force, nearly 154 million people were working and some 6.6 million were unemployed.