Ohio adds 31,300 jobs in June even as unemployment rate risessto 5.2%

Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 5.2% in June even as employers added 31,300 jobs during the month.

A surge in government hiring in June along with gains in the battered leisure and hospitality sector pushed Ohio’s employment level to its highest mark since the start of the pandemic, according to state employment data released Friday.

Hiring gains aside, Ohio’s unemployment rate did move up to 5.2% in June from 5% in May because of an increase in the labor force, data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows.

The state’s employers added 31,300 jobs last month, the best performance since last September. Ohio now has 5.32 million jobs, the highest mark since March 2020. 

The state has recovered about two-thirds of the jobs lost during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic and needs about 290,000 more jobs to get back to even.

Several sectors added jobs during the month. 

Gains in local and state government boosted government hiring by 11,400 jobs last month. Hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector, a sector hurt badly by COVID-19, added 10,600 jobs.

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