COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate has jumped to its highest level in more than 15 years, to 7.2 percent in July from 6.6 percent in June.
The figures out today show that the number of unemployed workers in July was 430,000, up from 394,000 the month before. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the current jobless rate is the highest since December 1992, when it was also 7.2 percent.
At ClearView Economics near Cleveland, president Ken Mayland says Ohio's job market is suffering from the "double whammy" of a national economic slowdown and an ailing U.S. auto industry.
Ohio job services director Helen Jones-Kelley says employment declined last month in both manufacturing and services industries.