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Valley unemployment rate jumps in June

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The employment picture darkened significantly last month for workers in the Mahoning Valley.

Job figures released on Tuesday show that the June unemployment rate for the Youngstown Warren Metropolitan area was 6.5 %, rising from 6.2% in the same month a year ago, and increasing by nearly one percentage point from the May rate of 5.2%.

However, the metro region's June rate of 6.5% is a marked improvement over March when unemployment was 8.2%.  January and February's rates were 7.3% and 7.7% respectively.

June jobless rates in the Valley are among the top 25 worst of Ohio's 88 counties. Only 11 counties have June rates higher than Trumbull County's 6.8%, which is higher that Mahoning County's 6.6%.

The only local county to show an improvement from a year ago is Columbiana, moving from a rate of 6.4% to 6.1%.

The number of people collecting unemployment in the Metropolitan Area has risen from 14,500 in May to 16,200 last month.

Here is how historic numbers break down for the three area counties and the Valley's two largest cities:

                        June 2017      May 2017    June 2016

Trumbull Co.       6.8%                6.1%            6.3%

Mahoning Co.     6.6%                5.8%            5.9%

Columbiana Co.  6.1%                5.2%            6.4%

Youngstown        8.6%                7.6%            7.6%

Warren                8.5%               7.4%             7.5%

Yo-Wrn Metro      6.5%               5.9%             6.2%

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