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Valley jobless rates sink again

Trumbull drops to 4.8 percent

WARREN — The jobless rates in Trumbull and Mahoning counties dropped slightly again last month, the fourth in a row in which the counties experienced a decline, according to the latest unemployment numbers from the state.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this week in October, the jobless rate in both counties was 4.8 percent — a 0.7 percent decline from the 5.5 percent Trumbull County posted in September and a drop of 0.6 percent from 5.4 percent in Mahoning County.

October’s rate is 1 percent lower than what each county had in October 2020.

Since hitting a high of 7.6 percent in June, the rate in Mahoning County has fallen steadily — 7.4 percent in July, 6.5 percent in August and 5.4 percent in September.

Trumbull County followed the same pattern; however, its 2021 high rate was 7.9 percent in February. From June, which recorded the second-highest rate at 7.7 percent, joblessness has lessened — 7.5 percent in July, 6.6 percent in August and 5.5 percent in September.

The rates last month put Trumbull and Mahoning counties in a three-way tie with Jackson County for eighth highest in Ohio. The standings take into account ties among other counties with the same rates higher in the list.

Last month in Warren, the rate fell 1.1 percent to 5.8 percent from September. Youngstown fell 1.2 percent to 6 percent for the month.

In October 2020, Warren’s rate was 7.9 percent, and Youngstown was at 8.7 percent.

Elsewhere in Ohio, Monroe County in the eastern part of the state along the Ohio River had the highest jobless rate among counties in October at 5.8 percent. The lowest among the state’s 88 counties was Holmes County in central Ohio at 2.4 percent. Geauga County had the third-best rate at 2.6 percent.

Ohio’s rate fell to 5.1 percent in October from 5.3 percent in September. The U.S. rate was 4.6 percent in October, down from 4.8 percent in September.

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