Area unemployment rates remain steady

WARREN – Local unemployment rates in March remained largely the same in Trumbull and Mahoning counties – and in the area’s two largest cities, too – compared to the same time last year.

Warren’s jobless rate, at 7.6 percent last month, improved slightly from 7.7 percent in February, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In a year-over-year comparison, the city’s unemployment rate was down from 9.3 percent in March 2014.

Trumbull County saw no change from February to March with a 7 percent unemployment rate. The county’s unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in March 2014.

For the second consecutive month, Mahoning County recorded a 6.6 percent unemployment rate. Mahoning’s jobless rate was at 7.6 percent in March 2014.

At 8.2 percent, Youngstown’s unemployment rate last month dropped compared to a year ago at the same time, when it was 9.3 percent. The city’s unemployment rate in February was 8 percent.

In the metropolitan statistical area that covers Mahoning and Trumbull counties, the March unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, down from 7.8 percent in March 2014. In February, the combined unemployment rate for the two counties was 6.7 percent.

In the two-county area last month, of the 199,600-member civilian labor force, 186,000 were employed and 13,600 were jobless, meaning they were not working, but actively seeking employment, waiting to be called back to a job or report to a new one.

There were 92,200 people in Trumbull County’s civilian labor force. Of those, 85,800 were employed and 6,500 were jobless.

Warren’s civilian labor force had 14,700 people. Of those, 13,500 were employed and 1,100 were jobless.

Mahoning County’s civilian labor force was made up of 107,300, including 100,200 who were employed and 7,100 who were jobless. Youngstown’s civilian labor force had 23,200 people, of whom 21,300 were employed and 1,900 were unemployed.

Statewide, last month’s unemployment rate re-mained at 5.1 percent for the second month in a row, compared to 6 percent in March 2014. The national unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, compared to 5.8 percent in February and 6.8 percent in March 2014.