Trumbull ranks 17th, Mahoning 22nd in unemployment

WARREN — Trumbull County’s 7.7 percent unemployment rate in January is 1.1 percent greater than December and ranks the county No. 17 among Ohio’s 88 counties, according to jobs numbers released Tuesday by the state.

Mahoning County ranked No. 22 with a 7.2 percent unemployment, up from 6.3 percent in December.

To compare, the lowest unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in Mercer County in western Ohio and the highest was 12.1 percent in Monroe County along the Ohio River in the southeast part of the state.

A year ago in January, the unemployment rate in Trumbull County was 8.6 percent and in Mahoning County, 8.2 percent.

The state’s Department of Job and Family Services estimates the civilian labor force in Trumbull County in January was 87,900 with 81,200 employed and 6,700 unemployed compared to December, when 81,400 of the 87,200-person work force were employed.

In January 2018, the labor pool was 87,600 with 80,100 working and 7,600 not working.

The civilian labor force includes those who are working or are seeking work. Military personnel, people in institutions, full-time students, those keeping house full-time, people who are retired, those who are unable to work and volunteers are not included.

In Mahoning County in January, 103,600 were in the workforce and 96,100 were working compared to a workforce of 102,900 and 96,400 working in December. January 2018 had a labor force of 103,300 and 94,800 working.

The unemployment rate for Warren in January was 8.4 percent, up from 7.9 percent in December, but down from 9.5 percent the prior year.

The city’s labor force was 14,000 with 12,800 employed and 1,200 not working compared to December with 13,900 in the work force, 12,800 working and 1,000 unemployed.

In Youngstown, the unemployment rate in January was 8.7 percent, up from 7.9 percent in December, but down from 9.1 percent in January 2018.

The labor force in Youngstown was 22,500 with 20,600 employed and 2,000 unemployed for January. The prior month, the labor force was 22,400 with 20,600 employed. In January 2018, 20,300 of the 22,300 in the workforce were employed.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly from December to January.

State officials said last week the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in January compared with 4.6 percent in December. The rate stood at 4.5 percent in January 2018.

The national rate was 4 percent in January, up from 3.9 percent in December and down from 4.1 percent in January 2018.