The Columbus region has recovered about two-thirds of the 150,000 jobs that were lost during the early days of the pandemic, according to state jobs data released Tuesday.

The region had nearly 1.1 million jobs in January, a decrease of 43,900 jobs from January 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said.

Nearly all the job losses occurred last April when government leaders shut down the economy in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

About 80,000 jobs were recovered in May and June, and the region has been gradually recovering jobs since then.

The region lost 17,800 jobs during January, and the unemployment rate did climb to 5.3% from 4.4% in December. 

The regional unemployment data is not adjusted to account for seasonal changes. As a result, jobs typically decline in January and the unemployment rate goes up as seasonal, holiday jobs come to an end.

Unemployment rates rose in all 88 Ohio counties in January.

Columbus has fared better than Cleveland and Cincinnati when it comes to the jobs recovery.