Area jobless rates fall

WARREN — Area unemployment rates for April fell more than 1 percentage point from where they were the same month last year.

The unemployment rate in the statistical area comprising Trumbull and Mahoning counties was 5.3 percent in April compared to 6.5 percent in April 2017, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In February, the area’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.

The civilian labor force includes only those who are working or seeking work. Military personnel, persons in institutions, full-time students, those keeping house full-time, retired persons, those unable to work and volunteer workers are not included.

In April, the combined civilian labor force for Trumbull and Mahoning counties was 190,900, with 180,700 employed and 10,200 unemployed.

The unemployment rate in Trumbull County in April was 5.5 percent, down from 6.7 percent last April and 6 percent in March.

Trumbull County had a civilian labor force of approximately 87,900 in April, with 83,000 working and 4,800 unemployed.

Warren’s April unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, down from last April’s 8.1 percent rate. The rate was 6.7 in March.

Compared to last April, Mahoning County’s unemployment fell from 6.4 percent to 5.2 percent. The county’s jobless rate was 5.7 percent in March.

In April, Youngstown’s unemployment rate fell from last April’s rate of 8 percent to 6.2 percent. The city’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March. There were 22,200 people in the city’s civilian labor force, of which 20,800 were employed and 1,400 were unemployed. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in April, down from 5.1 percent in April of last year. It was 4.4 percent in March.