Area unemployment rates climb

WARREN — Unemployment rates last month across Trumbull and Mahoning counties — and within the area’s two largest cities — jumped by as much as 1 percent compared with the same time last year, ending the positive trend established this past summer.

In the two-county metropolitan area, September’s jobless rate was 6.2 percent over the same month in 2015 when it was 5.4 percent, according to numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in August, 6 percent in July and 6.1 percent in June.

The region’s civilian labor force had 196,500 members last month. Of those, 184,300 were employed, but 12,200 were not.

Last month in Trumbull County, the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent over September 2015 when it was 5.5 percent. It was 6 percent in August, 6.2 percent in July and 6.3 percent in June.

Of the county’s 90,500-member civilian labor force last month, 84,800 people were working while 5,700 were without jobs.

Warren’s September unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.5 percent the same month last year and 7 percent in August. It was 7.3 percent in July and 7.5 percent in June.

Last month, there were 13,400 people working in the city’s civilian labor force, leaving 1,100 who were unemployed.

Year-over-year, Mahoning County saw an increase in its jobless rate from 5.3 percent in September 2015 to 6.1 percent last month. The county’s jobless rate in August and July was 5.8 percent and 6.1 percent in June.  The county’s civilian labor force, with 106,000 members, had 99,500 people working, but 6,500 who were jobless in September.

Youngstown saw the full 1 percent, and highest jobless rate increase in the Valley, from 6.8 percent in September 2015 to 7.8 percent last month. The city’s jobless rate was 7.5 in August and July and 7.6 percent in June.

In the city’s 22,900-member civilian labor force, 21,100 were employed, but 1,800 were without jobs.