The monthly Ohio unemployment report scheduled for Friday will be delayed because of the federal government shutdown. That means residents and employers will have to wait to find out whether the slight uptick in the state jobless rate for August continued last month.
The Columbus Dispatch says the state compiles the report using data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau. The shutdown is affecting both agencies.
Tracie Franklin has been looking for work for months, and says stagnation and low wages have dominated the last few years.
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Unemployment numbers are out for August, and Ohio’s rate was right in line with the national rate of 7.3 percent. But while the U.S. unemployment rate went from above 8 percent in August 2012 to 7.3 percent in August 2013, the state numbers actually ticked up slightly from last month and last year.
Ohio's unemployment rate is continuing to inch downward.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent. That's down from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.
It's the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008.
The state has said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.
Ohio's unemployment rate has remained about a full percentage point below the U.S. rate.