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Unemployment Rate Falls While Employers Shed 12,800 Jobs

Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 7 percent after three consecutive months of holding steady at the same rate. The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio was 7 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent in August. But a separate survey of employers showed they shed 12,800 in the same month. Figures show goods-producing industries in lost 8,100 jobs last month, manufacturing shed 6,400 positions, and construction lost 1,700 jobs. Professional and business services gained 1,500 jobs. This is the last update on job numbers that the swing state's voters will see before the election. Additional statewide labor force data was also expected to be released Friday morning. The state's unemployment rate remains below the national rate. The U.S. unemployment rate tumbled to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August. Gov. John Kasich downplayed Ohio's job numbers last month, warning of a possible economic slowdown.