Ohio unemployment drops slightly to 9 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's unemployment rate has gone down a notch after rising during the summer.

The state's Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that Ohio joblessness fell to an even 9 percent in October, from 9.1 percent in September.

The state matched the national unemployment rate in both months. Officials say the number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 526,000, down from 534,000 in September. Payrolls outside of farms also declined, by 600.

The state added jobs last month in manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and educational and health services. Gains were also seen in Ohio's trade, transportation, and utilities industries. The most significant job losses occurred in government and professional and business services. Ohio's 9 percent jobless rate for October was down from 9.7 percent a year ago.

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