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Counties surpass 10% unemployment rate

WARREN — Trumbull and Mahoning counties last year had jobless rates above 10 percent, doubtlessly the result of the viral pandemic that pushed the numbers higher in a region already hurt by high unemployment.

Tuesday’s data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows Trumbull County ended 2020 with a rate of 10.6 percent and Mahoning County, 10.2 percent.

That positions Trumbull County fourth among the state’s 88 counties and puts Mahoning County in a tie with nearby Jefferson County for No. 7. The top rate of 11.1 percent belonged to Monroe County along the Ohio River in southeast Ohio.

In comparison, Trumbull County’s rate in 2019 was 6.1 percent and Mahoning County, 5.7 percent.

And the two largest cities within the Mahoning Valley — Warren and Youngstown — fared similarly, posting numbers much greater than the previous year, according to the state data.

It shows Warren was sixth highest in the state at 13 percent and Youngstown, seventh with 12.7 percent for the year, compared to 7.1 percent and 7 percent in 2019.

Maple Heights in Cuyahoga County was No. 1 with a rate of 14.9 percent. Warren and Youngstown would slide one spot, save a tie for third between Cleveland and Sandusky at 13.9 percent.

DECEMBER

For the month, Trumbull County posted a rate of 6.9 percent, positioning it in a tie for sixth with Jefferson County. The rate is up a scant 0.1 percent from November and is 1.3 percent greater than December 2019.

In Mahoning County, the rate was 6.6 percent, placing the county in a four-way tie with Adams, Harrison and Meigs counties for No. 8. The rate is down 0.1 percent from November and 1.4 percent compared to the previous year.

Warren was No. 7 among cities in Ohio with a rate of 8.6 percent and Youngstown was No. 4 at 9 percent.

In Warren, the rate fell 0.3 percent from November, but is greater by 2.1 percent from December 2019. Youngstown had a rate of 9.9 percent in November and a rate of 6.1 percent in December 2019.

Ohio’s rate of 5.5 percent is down 0.2 percent from November and the U.S. rate was stagnant in December at 6.7 percent, where it stood in November.

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