Ohio's unemployment rate for June is 10.9 percent, down from a revised 13.9 percent rate in May.  

State officials today said Ohio’s unemployment rate was 13.7 percent in May, down from a revised 17.6 percent in April. 

Updated at 10:21 a.m. ET

Another 1.5 million people filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week, a decline of 58,000.

But the number who are continuing to seek the payments is continuing to fall as workers return to their jobs. The Labor Department said continued claims dipped by 62,000 to 20.5 million.

In the past 13 weeks, since the early days of the coronavirus crisis, new claims have totaled a staggering 45.7 million. New weekly filings peaked at nearly 6.9 million in March and have been dropping ever since.

President Trump, touting May's lower-than-expected unemployment rate Friday, said a strong economy was the "greatest thing that could happen for race relations."

And he seemed to proclaim that George Floyd, whose killing by police in Minneapolis has sparked more than a week of protests, would be happy with the economic news.

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This morning brought long-awaited news for the self-employed, independent contractors and 1099 workers in Ohio – the system to pay them jobless benefits is live.

Updated at 8:38 a.m. ET

The telephone lines are still jammed at the nation's unemployment offices.

Another 3.8 million people filed claims for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. While that's down from the previous week's 4.4 million, a staggering 30.3 million have applied for unemployment in the six weeks since the coronavirus began taking a wrecking ball to the U.S. job market.

That's roughly one out of five people who had a job in February.


Nearly a million Ohioans - 964,556 people - have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, more than the combined total in the last two years. 

Updated at 8:46 a.m. ET

The number of people forced out of work during the coronavirus lockdown continues to soar to historic highs. Another 4.4 million people claimed unemployment benefits last week around the country, the Labor Department said.

That brings the total of jobless claims in just five weeks to more than 26 million people. That's more than all the jobs added in the past 10 years since the Great Recession.

The Ohio Restaurant Association has established a relief fund for restaurant and hospitality workers dealing with financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Protestors marched down High Street and gathered outside the Statehouse today during Governor DeWine's afternoon coronavirus briefing. 

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When businesses shut down or lay off employees, they are required to notify federal and the state governments.


State officials say the unemployment rate in central Ohio was the lowest among metro regions in January, at 4.2 percent. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for January is 4.1 percent, unchanged from December.  

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December, unchanged from November. 

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President Trump is scheduled to appear in Toledo Thursday for the first campaign visit of this election year.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in November, unchanged from October. 

State officials say Cleveland had the lowest unemployment rate of any metro area in October. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for October is 4.2 percent, unchanged from September. 

Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased just slightly from August to September.

Central Ohio's unemployment rate declined last month. 

Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from July to August. 

Updated at 10:59 a.m. ET

U.S. economic growth fell to a 2.1% annual rate in the second quarter — down from a 3.1% pace in the first three months of 2019, the Commerce Department said. But growth came in slightly stronger than many analysts had expected.


Ohio’s unemployment rate was down slightly in June.

The state says central Ohio’s unemployment rate for May is 3 percent, up three-tenths of a point from April. 

Unemployment in central Ohio is at a low not seen since the 1990s. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for April is 4.3 percent, down one-tenth of a point from March. 

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the unemployment rate in central Ohio was 3.4 percent last month, down four-tenths of a point from February.  

State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate for March was 4.4 percent, down two-tenths of a point from February. 

The state says central Ohio’s unemployment rate in February fell seven-tenths of a point from January to 3.8 percent. 

Ohio's unemployment rate for February declined by one-tenth of a point from January to 4.6 percent.