Trumbull jobless rate falls

County continues to climb list of worst in Ohio

WARREN — Trumbull County’s unemployment rate fell 1.3 percent in April, yet the county continued to climb the list of highest jobless rates among counties in Ohio.

Trumbull County, with its 5.3 percent unemployment rate, now ranks third among the 88 counties. In March, its 6.6 percent rate ranked Trumbull County seventh.

In Mahoning County, there’s a similar trend.

The rate in April was 4.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March, when it ranked No. 13. The latest numbers have Mahoning County with the seventh- highest rate in Ohio.

It appears to be a continuation of what Albert J. Sumell, economics professor at Youngstown State University, said was happening last month — the economy in other parts of Ohio is doing well while Trumbull and Mahoning counties remain stagnant.

To compare, Monroe County — along the Ohio River in the southeast part of the state — has the highest rate, 6.9 percent, and the lowest rate is 1.9 percent in Mercer County in western Ohio. Both counties were Nos. 1 and 88 in January, February and March as well.

The state estimates in April in Trumbull County, the civilian labor force was 86,700, with 82,100 employed and 4,600 unemployed, compared to March with 87,800 in the labor force — 82,000 employed and 5,800 not working.

A year ago in April, the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

In Mahoning County in April, the labor force was 102,300 with 97,300 working and 5,000 unemployed. In March, the workforce was 103,400, with 97,100 working and 6,300 not working.

In April 2018, the unemployment rate in Mahoning County was 5.4 percent.

The unemployment rate in April in Warren was 6 percent, down from 7.5 percent in March. The rate one year ago in April was 6.7 percent.

In Youngstown, the rate fell to 5.9 percent in April from 7.2 percent in March. The rate was 6.4 percent in April 2018.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in March. In April 2018, the rate was 4.6 percent.

The national rate was 3.6 percent in April, down from 3.8 percent in March. It was 3.9 percent in April 2018.