Ohio’s unemployment rate edged lower last month even as the state lost 8,200 jobs.
The jobless rate dropped to 4.6 percent in February from 4.7 percent in January, according to an Ohio Department of Job and Family Services report released Friday. By comparison, the U.S. rate was 3.8 percent last month.
The number of unemployed workers fell by 4,000 to 265,000.
Nonetheless, the state shed jobs in a number of sectors last month, led by a drop of 3,800 construction jobs and a loss of 1,900 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,500 jobs.
The loss of jobs in February comes after a strong gain of 19,100 jobs in January.
The monthly unemployment report is made up of two surveys: one of households that is used to calculate the unemployment rate and one of employers that determines how many jobs were added or lost during the month, and the surveys don’t always move in the same direction.
In this case, the report showed 14,000 people entering the labor force and finding work and 18,000 people finding jobs, and that’s what led to the lower unemployment rate.