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Ohio Workers Feel Effects Of Weaker Economy.

The state says Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7% in March, up from 5.3% in February. The figures released Friday show that the number of unemployed workers in March was 344,000, up from 316,000 in February. The number of unemployed workers has increased by 15,000 in the past year. The rate this March was up from 5.5% a year earlier. The state's 5.7% figure tops the national rate of 5.1%. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio continued to feel the effects of a weaker economy in March. Overall, losses in goods-producing industries overshadowed smaller gains in the service-providing industries.