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Ohio's jobless rate slowly decreasing

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio's jobless rate showed slow and steady improvement in December, state officials reported Friday.

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent -- down slightly from 6.8 percent in November and 6.9 percent in October, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said.

It's the lowest since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent. The rate reached a high of 10.6 percent for several months in 2009 and early 2010.

Officials said the state's economy is improving slowly, and it will take time for a full recovery. Still, Ohio's unemployment rate for December was well below the national average of 7.8 percent, which was unchanged from November. Ohio's unemployment rate has improved from 7.9 percent in December 2011.

The number of unemployed in Ohio has decreased 70,000 in the past 12 months.

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