Ohio’s unemployment dropped from November’s 9.8 percent to 9.6 percent in December, just 0.2 percent higher than the national average of 9.4 percent, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Jan. 21.
The number of unemployed workers fell from 580,000 in November to 567,000 in December. Compared with December 2009, the number of people without jobs decreased by 71,000 or 10.8 percent.
Ohio’s nonagricultural salary and wage employment went down 9,100 from 5,012,000 in November to 5,002,900 in December, though it had an overall increase of 4,500 over the past 12 months, according to the department’s latest business establishment survey.
Throughout 2010, the manufacturing industry added the most jobs, putting in 13,000 from November to December, according to the International Business Times.