Ohio Unemployment Creeps Upward

Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 10.9% in February, up from 10.8% in January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

"Ohio's unemployment rate rose slightly as more Ohioans entered the job market but were unable to find work.," ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin said. "The number of service-providing jobs increased while job losses occurred in the goods-producing industries."

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 647,000, up from 641,000 in January. The number of unemployed has increased by 99,000 in the past 12 months from 548,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 9.1 percent in February 2009.

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