Ohio Reports Decline in Unemployment Applications, Nation Numbers Stay the Same

Jun 30, 2011

While Ohio reports the nation's largest decline in new applications for unemployment benefits, the government says nationwide numbers are mostly unchanged.

That's seen as evidence that the struggling economy isn't generating many jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor says Ohio claims dropped by nearly 2,800 in the week ending June 18. No reason was given for the decline, which was larger than in any other state.

The department's national numbers are more recent and show benefit applications dropped by 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 428,000.

Applications have topped 400,000 for 12 straight weeks. That's amid hiring cutbacks in the face of high gasoline prices, which have cut into consumer spending.