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Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Ohio's unemployment rate for February was 7 percent, unchanged from January.Ohio Department of Job and Family services spokesperson Ben Johnson says the total number of unemployed is significantly lower than a year ago, but economists would hope to see the labor force growing more than it has at this point in a recovery.

Johnson also tells Ohio Public Radio the state added more than 16-thousand jobs in February.

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Johnson says 401-thousand Ohioans are now officially classified as unemployed. Ohio’s jobless rate is seven-tenths of a point below the national rate.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.