Trumbull unemployment rate falls 1 percent in Feb.

WARREN — Trumbull County’s 6.6 percent unemployment rate in February is 1 percent less than January and ranks the county No. 16 among Ohio’s 88 counties, according to jobs numbers at the state.

Mahoning County also saw a 1 percent decline, from 7.2 percent in January to 6.2 percent in February. It ranks No. 21 in Ohio.

To compare, the lowest unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in Mercer County in western Ohio, and the highest was 10.4 percent in Monroe County along the Ohio River in the southeast part of the state. Both counties were Nos. 1 and 88 in January as well.

A year ago in February, the rate in Trumbull County was 6.5 percent and in Mahoning County, 6.3 percent.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimates the civilian labor force in Trumbull County in February was 87,500 with 81,800 employed and 5,700 unemployed, compared to January, when 81,000 of the 87,700-person workforce were employed.

In February 2018, the labor force was 87,600, with 81,900 employed and 5,700 unemployed.

The civilian labor force includes those who are working or 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 February, the labor force was 103,300 with 96,800 employed and 6,400 unemployed, compared to a workforce of 103,300 and 95,900 working and 7,400 not working in January. February 2018 had a labor force of 103,500 with 97,000 working and 6,500 not working.

The unemployment rate for Warren in February was 7.3 percent, down from 8.4 percent in January and the same compared to February 2018.

The city’s labor force was 13,900 with 12,900 employed and 1,000 unemployed, compared to January with 14,000 in the workforce — 12,800 working and 1,200 unemployed. In February 2018, the workforce was 13,900 with 12,900 working and 1,000 unemployed.

In Youngstown, the unemployment rate in February was 7.4 percent, down from 8.7 percent in January, but still higher than the 7.2 percent in February 2018.

The workforce in Youngstown was 22,400 with 20,700 employed and 1,700 unemployed. The prior month, the labor force was 22,500 with 20,500 employed and 2,000 not working. In February 2018, 20,800 of the 22,400 in the workforce were employed.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped slightly from January to February.

The rate stands at 4.6 percent, down from 4.7 percent the previous month. In February 2018, the rate was 4.5 percent.

The national rate was 3.8 percent in February, down from 4 percent in January and down from 4.1 percent in February 2018.