Job gains were reported in sectors including educational and health services, leisure and hospitality, financial activities, professional and business services, other services, and trade, transportation and utilities.
Ohio's unemployment rate is a full percentage point higher than the USA unemployment rate, which was 4.1% in October, down from 4.2% in September and 4.8% in October 2016. Both of those represent changes of less than 0.5 percent. The national unemployment rate in October was 4.1 percent. More than 1,000 fewer people were unemployed locally in October compared with a year ago, while year-over-year unemployment fell by more than 6,000 statewide. The leisure and hospitality sector has grown by almost 2,500 with other services adding slightly more than 2,000 jobs this year.
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Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to a record low 3.6 percent. But the agency says nonfarm employment has fallen for three consecutive months by a total of 3,900 jobs, to 495,800 in October.
Omaha's unemployment rate for October was 2.4 percent, down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.1 percent in October of past year.
Government employment, at 772,600, increased by 3,300 positions. That's down from 2.7 percent in September and 3.2 percent a year ago.