Unemployment rate falls in 39 states, up slightly at home

The unemployment rate fell in most states in June, mainly because more people gave up searching for work and were no longer counted.

Fewer states saw job increases, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is slowing.

The jobless rate declined in 39 states and Washington, D.C. last month, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's a slight improvement from May, when 37 states saw their rates decline.

But only 21 states saw net job gains in June, the government said. That compared to 41 the previous month and is the fewest this year.

The decline in job creation reflects the layoff of thousands of temporary census workers. Those jobs inflated total payrolls in May and then reduced them in June.

Closer to home, the combined unemployment rate for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties was 12 percent in June, a minor increase from 11.8 percen in May, the state reported Tuesday. Valley joblessness remains below the 2010 high of 14.5 percent.

Year-over-year, unemployment was down across the Valley compared to June 2009, when combined unemployment was 13.9 percent.

For details see Wednesday's Vindicator or watch Vindy.com.

(Staff and wire reports)

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