Jobless rate up in Warren area

Tribune Chronicle

WARREN – Area jobless rates in December were higher compared to the same time in 2015. The increase is attributed by state officials to the growth in the labor force and employer cutbacks.

In Trumbull and Mahoning counties, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent last month, up from 5.6 percent a year ago and from 5.8 percent in November. Of the region’s 203,400-member civilian labor force, which was up 4,000 people from December 2014, 188,100 were employed, while 15,300 were jobless.

Trumbull County’s jobless rate in December was 7.8 percent, up from the 5.8 percent in December 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in November

Of the county’s 94,000-member civilian labor force last month, 86,700 were employed while 7,300 were jobless.

In Warren, the unemployment rate in December was 9.2 percent, up from 6.3 percent the same month in 2014. The city’s unemployment rate in November was 6.8 percent. The city’s civilian labor force had 15,100 members – 13,700 who were employed and 1,400 who were out of work.

The jobless rate in Mahoning County last month was 7.3 percent, up from the 5.5 percent in December 2014. In November, the jobless rate was 5.7 percent in Mahoning County.

Last month, of the county’s 109,400-member civilian labor force, 101,400 were employed, but 8,000 were jobless last month.

In Youngstown, the unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in December, compared to 6.9 percent the same month in 2014. In November, it was 7 percent. The city’s civilian labor force had 23,600 people last month. Of those, 21,500 were employed while 2,100 were jobless.

Last month, compared with the same time the previous year, the civilian labor force was up by 1,900 people in Trumbull County and 2,100 in Mahoning County, and up 500 members each in Warren and Youngstown.

Several area plants have recently announced cuts and closures. For example, layoffs that took place at Warren Steel Holdings in Champion in November went from temporary to permanent as the company announced it was shutting down its Mahoning Avenue plant, resulting in the termination of 162 employees.