There’s bad news today on Ohio’s unemployment front. The official jobless rate did something it hasn’t done for nearly two years. It went up. The rate for June is 8.8%, up from 8.6% in May. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen asked Ben Johnson, who tracks the jobless numbers at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, for some analysis of the latest figures.
Johnson says June’s increase in the state’s official unemployment rate is the first since mid-2009. Nine-thousand more Ohioans were jobless in June, bringing the total to 517,000.