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Mahoning Valley unemployment increases

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Unemployment in the Mahoning Valley increased by about one percentage point from December 2010 to January 2011.

In January, the combined unemployment rate for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties was 11.6 percent, up from 10.5 percent in December, according to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

From a civilian labor force of 270,000 in December 2010, the Valley had 28,400 unemployed workers, compared with 31,000 unemployed workers out of a civilian labor force of 268,000 workers in January 2011.

Compared with January 2010, the number of unemployed workers living in the Valley has decreased by about 2 percentage points, down from 13.8 percent.

From a civilian labor force of 271,000, there were 37,400 jobless workers in the Valley in January 2010.

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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