Warren sits atop state with highest jobless rate

Youngstown comes in second

WARREN — Warren had the highest unemployment rate among cities in Ohio — 8.2 percent at the start of 2020 — and following closely at No. 2 was Youngstown at 7.6 percent, according to numbers from the state.

Among counties in the Mahoning Valley, Trumbull County was 14th worst of Ohio’s 88 with a rate of 7.5 percent, while Mahoning County’s rate was 6.9 percent, putting it in a three-way tie with Erie, Highland and Muskingum counties for 19th worst in the state.

Columbiana County was 25th with a rate of 6.3 percent.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released the January numbers last week. February jobs numbers will be released at the end the month.

Across Ohio, Monroe County in the southeast corner of the state remained the highest with an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent, and Mercer County in western Ohio remained the lowest at 3.3 percent.

The numbers show in January in Trumbull County the civilian labor force was 85,800, with 79,300 unemployed and 6,400 unemployed, compared to December, when 85,600 were in the labor force, 80,800 were employed and 4,800 were not, a rate of 5.6 percent.

A year ago in January, the rate was 7.4 percent. The labor force had 86,900, with 80,400 employed and 6,500 unemployed.

In Mahoning County in January, 101,700 were in the labor force, with 94,700 employed and 7,000 unemployed. The month prior the rate was 5.2 percent with 101,700 in the labor force, 96,400 employed and 5,300 unemployed.

A year ago in January, the labor force had 103,100 with 96,000 employed and 7,200 unemployed, a rate of 6.9 percent.

The 8.2 percent mark Warren hit in January is up from 6.5 percent in December. A year ago in January, the rate was 8.3 percent.

The 7.6 percent rate in Youngstown is 1.5 percent greater than the rate in December. In January 2018, Youngstown reached 8.4 percent.

Ohio’ seasonally adjusted rate in January was 4.1 percent, where it stood in December. Nationally, the rate was 3.6 percent, up 0.1 percent from December.