Local jobless rate grows slightly in December

WARREN — Area unemployment saw a slight uptick in December, according to the Ohio Labor Market Information report released Tuesday.

Unemployment increased by less than 1 percentage point in the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area — rising from 5.6 percent to 6 percent between November and December of 2017. This represents about 700 more unemployed people.

Warren saw a narrower increase in unemployment in this time, going from 6.9 percent to 7.2 percent.

The area’s civilian labor force, the number of people either employed or actively seeking employment, fell by about 1,800 people between November and December.

The area’s unemployment and labor force numbers were almost identical this time last year. In December 2016, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

The December unemployment rate still represents a broad trend of falling unemployment in the region, tied with 2014 for the lowest December unemployment this decade. December unemployment was at 11 percent in 2010 and 9 percent in 2011, according to the report.

The civilian labor force, however, has trended downward. This December represents the lowest December labor force numbers this decade, falling 19,000 people, or 10 percent, between 2010 and 2017.