November 1, 2014

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AUDIO: Ohio unemployment falls in May

COLUMBUS — Officials say Ohio’s job market improved in May as unemployment fell to 10.7 percent from 10.9 percent in April.

The Department of Job and Family Services says manufacturers were hiring while employment in services was boosted by temporary census jobs.

Listen to an interview with Ben Johnson of Ohio’s Job and Family Services:


The report was released Friday ahead of a visit to Columbus by President Barack Obama to tout job creation from last year’s stimulus act. Department spokesman Ben Johnson says Ohio added 1,700 construction jobs in May and says the stimulus played a role in that, though the state doesn’t know exactly how many of those jobs were stimulus-related.

Ohio’s overall employment outside of farms grew by 17,100 jobs in May. The number of unemployed workers dropped to 641,000, from 652,000 in April.