Officials to release Ohio’s February unemployment, jobs data

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are set to announce Ohio’s unemployment rate and other jobs data for last month.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is scheduled to release February unemployment and hiring figures on Friday.

The state’s unemployment rate for January was 4.9 percent, up from the revised 4.8 percent in December. That was in line with the nation’s unemployment rate, which remained at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent in February.

Friday’s Ohio data was expected to include information about job gains and losses in various sectors.

The number of Ohio’s unemployed workers rose in January by 6,000 to 279,000. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment basically held steady. Gains were reported in sectors including education and health services, while losses were reported in professional and business services.