COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Mahoning Valley's jobs picture took a big hit in January with employment rates falling back to where they were a year ago.
Figures released Tuesday morning from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services show the jobless rate in the Youngstown-Warren metropolican area increased 2 percent to 9.7 percent between December and January.
Columbiana County had the largest jump with the unemployment rate increasing 2.3 percent to 9.9 percent between December and January.
Mahoning County's unemployment rate of 9.4% is the lowest in the region, but that's still more than 2 percent higher than December's rate in the county.
Youngstown City saw a 2.2 percent increase in jobless numbers to 11.2 percent.
Trumbull County saw a 1.5 percent spike to a 9.5 percent jobless rate in the county.
Warren City's jobless numbers increase was less than a percent to 9.9 percent.