Area jobless rate rebounds

WARREN – The size of the local civilian labor force grew in August and as did the percentage of people employed in Trumbull and Mahoning counties when compared to statistics from this time last year.

Jobless figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services indicate the area’s unemployment last month was at 7.7 percent, down slightly from 7.8 percent a year ago. The number also shows a quick rebound from the 8.5 percent jobless number reported for July.

The number of workers employed in the two-county area last month was 196,100, up more than 1,000 from the 194,700 employed a year ago. The available civilian work force size also increased to 212,400 from 211,200.

Trumbull County jobless rate came in at 7.6 percent for August, down more than a half-point from the 8.3 percent of August 2012. But Mahoning County did not fare as well. Figures there reflected a 7.7 percent jobless rate, up slightly from 7.4 percent in August 2012.

On the municipal level, Warren statistics came in at 8.5 percent, down significantly from the 9.7 percent rate in August 2012 and the 10 percent jobless rate in July of this year. Unemployment rate in Youngstown was 10.1 percent last month. It was 9.5 percent in August 2012 and 11 percent in July.

By comparison, Ohio’s statewide unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August, up from 7.2 percent in both July and August 2012, according to ODJFS.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July and from 8.1 percent in August 2012.