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State says Ohio’s February unemployment rate 4.9 percent

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): Ohio’s unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in February was unchanged from January as the number of unemployed workers and Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment both increased.

An Ohio Department of Job and Family Services release Friday says the number of unemployed workers in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month to more than 5.4 million in February.

Ohio’s unemployment rate matched the U.S. rate of 4.9. That was also unchanged from January.

The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in February 2015.

Job losses in manufacturing and mining and logging outweighed construction job gains. Employment gains were reported in sectors including trade, transportation, and utilities. Losses were reported in areas including leisure and hospitality.

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