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Ohio releases new unemployment rate

Many of the unemployed are still having trouble finding good jobs. Many of the unemployed are still having trouble finding good jobs.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in March, unchanged from the revised February rate, according to data released Friday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).  

It stood at 7.0% in both January and February, the latest months for which figures have been released.

Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 20,400 over the month from the revised 5,197,300 in February to 5,176,900 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 406,000, up from 405,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 425,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in March 2012.

Across the nation, there are signs that the jobs picture still isn't rosy. About 352,000 people filed for first-time jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. That's up 4,000 from the week before.

In Hamilton County, which includes Cincinnati, the latest unemployment figures show 7.1% of workers don't have jobs.

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