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August unemployment is up year over year

WARREN — The area’s unemployment rate was up in August compared with the same month in 2016, but down from what it was in July.

Joblessness for the metropolitan area made up of Trumbull and Mahoning counties was at 6.7 percent last month, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

That compares with 6.1 percent in August 2016. The unemployment rate was 8.4 percent in July and 6.7 percent in June.

In August, the region’s civilian labor force had 194,300 members. Of those, 181,300 were working, but 13,100 were without jobs.

In Trumbull County, the unemployment rate last month was 6.9 percent, up from 6.3 percent in August 2016, but down from 8.7 percent in July. It was 6.8 percent in June.

Of the county’s 89,500-member labor force last month, 83,300 had jobs, but 6,100 were out of work.

In Mahoning County, the jobless rate was 6.6 percent last month, up from 6 percent in August 2016. It was 8.1 percent in July and 6.6 percent in June.

There were 104,900 people in the county’s civilian labor force in August, with 97,900 employed and 6,900 jobless.

Warren’s unemployment rate last month, at 8.5 percent, was up from 7.4 percent in August 2016. It was 10.7 percent in July and 8.5 percent in June. The city’s civilian labor force last month had 14,400 members. Of those, 13,200 were working, but 1,200 were not.

The jobless rate in Youngstown last month was 8.6 percent, up from 7.9 percent the same month last year. It was 10 percent in July and 8.6 percent in June.

Youngstown’s civilian labor force had 22,700 members last month, with 20,800 employed and 2,000 jobless.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August was 5.4 percent, up from 4.9 percent for the month last year. It was 5.2 percent in July and 5 percent in June.

Last month, the state’s civilian labor force had 5.75 million members. Of those, 5.44 million were working, while 311,000 were unemployed.

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