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The Suburbanite
  • Stark County jobless rate drops in March

  • The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimates that Stark County’s unemployment rate dropped in March.

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  • Stark County’s jobless rate dropped in March, according to estimates compiled by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
    The state estimated Stark County’s unemployment rate at 7.7 percent in March, compared to 8.2 percent in March 2012 and 8 percent in February. The state originally estimated the county’s unemployment at 7.8 percent in February.
    For Canton, the jobless rate came in at 8.6 percent, down from 10 percent a year ago and 8.9 percent in February. The state originally estimated Canton’s unemployment at 8.4 percent in February.
    The March estimates also include slight growth in the county and city’s workforce.
    Among neighboring counties, Holmes once again posted the lowest jobless rate at 5.1 percent, compared with 5.3 percent a year ago and 5.4 percent in February.
    Wayne County’s jobless rate was 6.3 percent, Tuscarawas at 6.9 percent, Summit at 7 percent, Portage at 7.4 percent, Carroll at 8 percent, Columbiana at 8.2 percent and Mahoning at 8.3 percent.