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Jobless Rate Stays Flat As State Adds 32,000 Jobs

Ohio’s jobless rate remained unchanged from April to May, but state labor officials are still painting it as a positive report. Ben Johnson from the state Department of Job and Family Services says the state added more than 32,000 jobs in May. "The reason the unemployment didn't change is the labor force grew. There were 9,000 more people working or looking for work in Ohio, and as we've talked about in the past, when the labor force grows it occasionally drives the unemployment rate higher," Johnson says. Professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality were among the highest-performing sectors last month. Trade, transportation and utilities lost the most positions. The May unemployment rate of 7.0 percent was the same as April, after falling from 7.1 percent the two previous months. The Ohio rate has consistently remained below the national level. The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 7.6 percent. Ohio's unemployment rate peaked at 10.6 percent during the last half of 2009 and early 2010 before beginning its trek downward. January marked the first time the rate failed to decline or at least remain steady since July 2011.