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The Suburbanite
  • Local unemployment rates drop in February

  • Local unemployment rates dropped in February when compared with January and last year, according to figures reported by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

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  • Local and state unemployment estimates dropped in February, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in Columbus.
    Stark County’s jobless rate was 7.8 percent, which was lower than the estimated 8.7 percent in January and 8.6 percent in February 2012. The state estimates the county’s work force at 183,700 people — down slightly from January — with 169,400 people working and 14,300 unemployed.
    February’s jobless rate for Canton was 8.4 percent, lower than 9.8 percent reported in January and 9.9 percent reported last year.
    Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7 percent, matching January’s rate and lower than the 7.5 percent jobless rate posted in February 2012. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, down compared with 7.9 percent in January and 8.3 percent a year ago.
    Neighboring counties all reported lower unemployment rates in February.
    Holmes had the lowest rate at 5.4 percent, followed by Wayne at 6.5 percent, Summit at 7.2 percent, Tuscarawas at 7.4 percent, Portage at 7.6 percent, Carroll at 8.1 percent, Mahoning at 8.4 percent and Columbiana at 8.6 percent.
    Ohio’s jobless rate is an estimate prepared with cooperation of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.