Out of Work: Ohio's Unemployment On the Rise

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(WOIO) - Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 11% in March, up from 10.9% in February, according to data released Friday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

"There was little change in Ohio's job market during March," ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said. "The number of Ohioans with jobs increased slightly as the unemployment rate edged up to 11.0%."

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 655,000, up from 648,000 in February. The number of unemployed has increased by 77,000 in the past 12 months from 578,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 9.6% in March 2009.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 9.7%, unchanged from February.

Learn more about the state's unemployment rates HERE.

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