- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The unemployment rate in Ohio remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in June, staying at the lowest level since before the Great Recession, the state reported Friday.

The seasonally adjusted rate for June was the same as May and down from 5.7 percent in April and 6.1 percent in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The state’s rate for June remained below the national rate of 6.1 percent, which was down from 6.3 percent in April and May.

Ohio’s nonfarm employment increased 12,700 over the month, from 5.29 million in May to 5.3 million in June. The state says Ohio gained jobs in goods-producing industries and manufacturing and mining and logging, surpassing losses in construction.

The state also reported gains in professional and business services; educational and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

Government jobs fell by 3,000 as gains in state and federal employment were outweighed by declines of 7,500 jobs in local government.

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