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Ohio jobless rate shows a slight decrease
April brings summer employment and a lower jobless rate 
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
In The Region:
Ohio’s jobless rate ticked downwards again in April. But it still hasn't dropped below the big low it hit in December. Republicans say Ohio continues on the right path; Democrats say graduation could spike the next month's numbers
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April’s jobless rate was 7 percent, down one-tenth of a point from March. Ben Johnson with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the rate continues the state’s steady economic recovery.

“The state added a large number of jobs in February," Johnson says. "The state lost jobs in March. What we see in April is sort of a return to what we had been seeing over the previous couple of years, which is slow improvement.”

Johnson says the summer hiring season has started at hotels, amusement parks and golf courses, as employment numbers fell off in tax preparation and accounting services. The state’s unemployment rate hit a four-year low in December, when it fell to 6.7 percent and has been at 7 percent or slightly above since.

“We are continuing to move in the right direction and prioritize economic development," said a statement from Republican Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder. “While we have made tremendous strides to get Ohioans back to work, we still have much more to do."

But Democratic Ohio House Minority Leader Armond Budish offeredd a different read in his statement. "Tens of thousands of students are graduating college across the state this month and we continue to see stagnant unemployment numbers. The governor needs to reinvest in our kids and communities."


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