WARREN - After a quick upward blip last month, area jobless numbers dropped to 7.9 percent in February, according to figures released Tuesday by the state Department of Job and Family Services.
January numbers for the two-county area that includes Trumbull and Mahoning hit 8.5 percent. A year ago, unemployment was at 9.1 percent.
Contributing to the drop was the decline in the number of people counted among the area's civilian work force. According to the statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, the civilian work force for Trumbull and Mahoning counties in February stood at 206,900, down from January's civilian work force number of 207,600 and the February 2013 work force number of 208,400.
Warren City jobless rate was reported at 8.3 percent last month, down from 8.9 percent in January and 9.3 percent a year ago. Youngstown stood at 9.2 percent last month, also down from 10.1 percent last month and 10.7 percent a year ago.
The statewide unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in February, down from 6.9 percent in January. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 377,000, down 18,000 from 395,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 44,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in February 2013.
The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 6.7 percent, up from 6.6 percent in January but down from 7.7 percent in February 2013.