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Unemployment rate dips in Mahoning County, Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County’s unemployment rate slid down for the second consecutive month in October to 5.5 percent, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The rate fell 0.2 percent following September’s 0.4 percent decrease. Trumbull County’s rate dipped 0.3 percent from September to land at 5.8 percent. October marked the second straight month Trumbull County saw a decline 0.3 percent.

The numbers put Mahoning County tied with Jackson County for eighth worst in Ohio and Trumbull County in a three-way tie for sixth worst in the state with Adams and Pike counties.

In October 2018, Mahoning County’s rate was 5.7 percent and Trumbull County was 6 percent

Across Ohio, Monroe County in the southeast corner of the state continued to hold the top spot with a rate of 7.8 percent, and Mercer County in western Ohio remained the lowest at 2.6 percent.

The state estimates in October in Mahoning County, 102,100 were in the labor force with 96,500 employed and 5,600 unemployed, compared to 102,200 in the labor force — 96,300 employed and 5,800 unemployed — in September.

The numbers for October 2018 were 103,100, 97,200 and 5,800 for work force, employed and unemployed.

Trumbull County last month had a civilian labor force of 86,600 with 81,500 employed and 5,100 unemployed, compared to 86,700 in the labor force — 81,500 employed and 5,200 unemployed — in September.

A year ago in October, 87,400 were in the labor force — 82,200 employed and 5,200 unemployed.

The unemployment rate in Youngstown last month was 6.8 percent, down from 7 percent in September. It was 7.3 percent in October 2018.

In Warren, the October rate was 6.9 percent, down from 7.2 percent in September. It was 7 percent in October 2018.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted rate in October was 4.2 percent, where it stood in September. In October 2018 the rate was 4.6 percent. The national rate was 3.6 percent, up from 3.5 percent the previous month. It was 3.5 percent in October 2018.