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Unemployment in Valley rises slightly



Published: Wed, November 24, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Grace Wyler

gwyler@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rate edged up slightly last month with 300 more people joining the ranks of the jobless in October, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Tuesday.

The combined unemployment rate for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties was 10.9 percent last month, a marginal increase from September’s rate of 10.8 percent. Still, joblessness continues to fall from 2009 levels, with October’s rate down from 12.7 percent unemployment a year earlier.

“We are holding steady,” said Jessica Borza, chief operating officer for One-Stop employment agencies in Mahoning and Columbiana counties. “There have been some fluctuations over the past few months — we are seeing jobs come back, although it has still been at a slow pace.”

Despite last month’s apparent slowdown in employment gains, there are positive signs that unemployment will continue to decrease in 2011, Borza said.

“The current work force is operating at mass capacity,” she said. “At some point that is going to have to break, and employers are going to have to start hiring.”

The slight rise in the tri-county unemployment rate mirrored statewide trends, with 71 of Ohio’s 88 counties reporting increased unemployment last month.

Overall, Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 9.9 percent in October from 10 percent in September, falling into single-digit percentages for the first time since March 2009. Regional unemployment data do not account for seasonal variations.

The national joblessness rate remained steady at 9.6 percent.

Locally, Trumbull County’s unemployment rate was 11 percent in October, up from 10.8 percent the previous month. But joblessness remained well below the October 2009 rate of 13.4 percent.

Columbiana County joblessness crept up to 11.3 percent last month from 11.2 percent in September. The unemployment rate was 13.2 percent in October 2009.

Mahoning County joblessness remained unchanged at 10.7 percent last month. The county’s unemployment rate was down from 12 percent a year earlier.

In Youngstown, unemployment was 12.3 percent in October, down from 12.5 percent the previous month. Youngstown’s unemployment rate was 14 percent in October 2009.

Similarly, Warren’s unemployment rate was down last month, dipping to 11.4 percent from 11.5 percent in September.

The city’s joblessness continues to decline compared with 2009, when the October unemployment rate was 14.8 percent.


Comments

1palbubba(664 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

You can try to spin this positive but I'm hoping people are smart enough to see that the results of 4 years of Ted has been bad. The two years of Obama Bin Laden and his cronies have added to the problem. Want to get unemployment rates down? Want to cut into the deficit spending? Get the ILLEGAL aliens out of our country and a ton of jobs will open up and spending on entitlement programs will go down.

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2candystriper(575 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Congress is running out of time on the Bush tax cuts...just wait until those who are still employed have more money taken out of paychecks in the new year...even less food will be bought. The IRS has said if Congress doesn't do something in 2 weeks no one will get a tax refund.

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3Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

There is an ideology out there amongst the liberal community that America is irreparably flawed. That her principles of rewarding virtue and hard work are unfair to those who do not practice those virtues. The best way to fix it, in their thinking, is to destroy it. Destroy the currency, and level the playing field.

In 2008 a man was elected President who had a chaotic childhood, and spent many of his formative years in Jakarta. As he grew he associated with socialists and communists (as he details in his autobiography), as well as domestic terrorists who targeted government buildings. He was noted to be the only DSP candidate an an Iowa function to not cover his heart. He not only refused to wear an American flag, but denounced wearing "that" flag during an interview. His wife twice stated that she was, "finally very proud of her country." while in Wisconsin.

After his election, he has expressed disdain and loathing of his country while speaking in other countries. He has devalued his country by bowing to other leaders (who do not return the bow).

Also since his election, he has spent more money (over $3 trillion) that Presidents Washington through Reagan combined during his first 18 months. He has attempted to destroy the US healthcare system. Rather than unify, he has divided Americans by race, class and ideology. He has referred to other Americans as "the enemy."

Is Obama an idiot and can't figure out that debts and unemployment and tax hikes are bad? Is he simply the most unlucky chief executive since FDR?

Nope. Things are ahead of schedule.

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4Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

There is an ideology out there amongst the liberal community that America is irreparably flawed. That her principles of rewarding virtue and hard work are unfair to those who do not practice those virtues. The best way to fix it, in their thinking, is to destroy it. Destroy the currency, and level the playing field.

In 2008 a man was elected President who had a chaotic childhood, and spent many of his formative years in Jakarta. As he grew he associated with socialists and communists (as he details in his autobiography), as well as domestic terrorists who targeted government buildings. He was noted to be the only DSP candidate an an Iowa function to not cover his heart. He not only refused to wear an American flag, but denounced wearing "that" flag during an interview. His wife twice stated that she was, "finally very proud of her country." while in Wisconsin.

After his election, he has expressed disdain and loathing of his country while speaking in other countries. He has devalued his country by bowing to other leaders (who do not return the bow).

Also since his election, he has spent more money (over $3 trillion) that Presidents Washington through Reagan combined during his first 18 months. He has attempted to destroy the US healthcare system. Rather than unify, he has divided Americans by race, class and ideology. He has referred to other Americans as "the enemy."

Is Obama an idiot and can't figure out that debts and unemployment and tax hikes are bad? Is he simply the most unlucky chief executive since FDR?

Nope. Things are ahead of schedule.

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5seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Aww man! I thought O and his regime said the jobless rates had dropped? I can't believe he gave bad info...this jacka-- has single handedly destroyed this country in two years. He has made such improper decisions that he should be impeached. How can anyone look at this, without blurring it with race, and not determine that this unqualified junior has done anything to improve this country? Totally elected by race, totally destroyed by one.

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6Springman(235 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Palbubba and Nonsocialist

Explain this:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/85421...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/opi...

http://www.fool.com/investing/general...

Ans: racism.

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7faith(200 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If it was not for President Obama, the unemployment rate would be much higher. The right cry socialism but they continue to cash their SS checks, let Medicare and Medicaid pay for their health. America needs healthcare reform, investment in OUR infrastructural, and better trade agreements. If we are broke and spending to much money, how are we going to pay for tax cuts? And why do those making $1,000,000,000.00 or more need a tax cut? You can blame our current President, but you should look at the former President, he is the reason we are in this mess, in fact the mess he created is being cleaned up!

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If i remember it was the GOP who won the election RIGHT ???? So if Obama is blamed for all the ills of the Bush thugs . Then it will be the GOP fault if the tax cut go down . They are in charge or that is what what they are saying. I know they are not there yet . But it will be their fault . They hold the purse strings

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9southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

“The current work force is operating at mass capacity,” she said. “At some point that is going to have to break, and employers are going to have to start hiring.”

I like this statement, it indicates that the person has absolutely no knowledge of how the economy works.

Maybe she should apply for a job in politics.

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