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Ohio unemployment tops 10 percent in April

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's job market continued to weaken in April, pushing the state's unemployment rate above 10 percent for the first time in more than 25 years, state officials said Friday.

The state jobless rate last month was 10.2 percent, up from 6.2 percent in April 2008, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said.

Last month's rate was the highest since December 1983, when joblessness in Ohio hit 10.4 percent, department spokesman Brian Harter said. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 8.9 percent, with Ohio having the ninth-highest rate among states. Ohio continues to see major job losses in manufacturing, particularly in the auto industry, as well as in construction and services, Harter said.

"Because of the automotive industry and other manufacturing losses, Ohio is probably going to take a little bit longer than other parts of the country to recover from this recession," he said. "So, you're going to continue to see unemployment rates increase over the next few months."

The state also was in the top four of 44 states that lost jobs in April. The U.S. Labor Department says California had 63,700 over-the-month job losses; Texas saw 39,500 jobs vanish; Michigan lost 38,400 jobs; and Ohio lost 25,200. Michigan's jobless rate was the highest at 12.9 percent, followed by Oregon at 12 percent, South Carolina at 11.5 percent, Rhode Island at 11.1 percent and California at 11 percent. North Carolina's rate was 10.8 and Nevada's 10.6.

Ohio unemployment hit an all-time high of 13.8 percent in December 1982 and January 1983. Officials said Friday that 608,000 workers were unemployed during April in Ohio, up from 578,000 in March, when the unemployment rate was 9.7 percent.

The number of unemployed has grown by 235,000 in the past 12 months.

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