Updated Fri, Sep 16, 2011 9:19 am
State officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose for the third straight month in August, to a level matching the national jobless rate.
The Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that unemployment edged up to 9.1 percent last month, from 9.0 percent in July. The U.S. unemployment rate for August also was 9.1 percent.
In August of last year, Ohio had unemployment of 9.9 percent.
Joblessness started rising again during the summer, after a nearly two-year stretch during which the state rate fell or held steady from month to month.
Officials say 536,000 workers were unemployed in Ohio during August, up from 529,000 in July. Industries that saw the most job losses were professional and business services and trade, transportation, and utilities.