Ohio is facing a catch-22. Because the state's official unemployment rate has dropped to a full percentage point below the national average, the federal government is cutting back its share of emergency unemployment benefits to jobless Ohioans.
Ben Johnson, with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, says people will notice the cutback at the beginning of December.
Numbers released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show the seasonally adjusted rate of joblessness at 7.2 percent for the second consecutive month, although there were modest gains in hiring. It's still the lowest level since September 2008.
The unchanged percentage rate in July stalled 11 consecutive months of decreases in Ohio's jobless rate. Compared with June's figures, the state's non-farm payrolls grew by 11,000.