Mahoning Valley unemployment rate continues to drop

YOUNGSTOWN — The Mahoning Valley’s unemployment rate continued its fall for the third straight month in March and now sits at 10.3 percent, according to figures released today by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties added 6,400 new workers over the past year and there are nearly 10,000 fewer unemployed. The unemployment rate in March 2010 was 13.8 percent, the peak.

The Valley’s civilian labor force is 3,000 less than it was one year ago.

The U.S. Department of Labor defines the civilian labor force as people age 16 and older who are currently working or looking for work. It excludes members of the military, students and volunteer workers, as well as those who are in institutions, retired or unable to work.

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