Portage County's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a percentage point for July, to 7.1 percent, according to state statistics released Tuesday.
The county rate was 7.0 percent in June and July's increase marked the third straight month the county rate went up since May.
Portage's rate a year ago was 7.0 percent, down from a high of 11.6 percent in January 2010 when there were 10,700 county residents out of work.
The statewide rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent. Rates declined in 68 of Ohio's 88 counties, and ranged from a low of 4.5 percent in Mercer County in the west to a high of 12.3 percent in Meigs County on the Ohio River in the southeast.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and from 8.2 percent in July 2012.
Ohio's nonfarm jobs increased 5,300 from a revised 5,205,600 in June to 5,210,900 in July, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The number of Ohio workers unemployed and looking for work was 416,000, up from 413,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 1,000 in the pat 12 months.
Portage ranked as 56th , with 32 other counties having lower unemployment rate out of the 88 counties. Portage had 6,600 people out of work from a workforce of 92,800 according to ODJFS.
July rates for counties abutting Portage (with their June rates) are: Cuyahoga 7.5 (8.0); Geauga 5.8 (6.3); Mahoning 8.6 (8.3); Stark 7.3 (7.5); Summit 6.9 (7.1); Trumbull 8.5 (8.1).
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