Ohio Unemployment Rate Drops In April, Numbers Likely To Be Part Of Governor's Race

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The state says Ohio's unemployment rate dropped in April to the lowest level in more than six years.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate in April was 5.7 percent, which was down from 6.1 percent in March. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since the same rate in February 2008.

Ohio's rate remains below the national rate, which fell to 6.3 percent in April from 6.7 percent in March.

The state says Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April.

The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in April was 328,000, down 26,000 from 354,000 in March.

Ohio's monthly unemployment and jobs data will be used by both Republican incumbent John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald who are facing off in a gubernatorial race.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive in Cleveland, argued that the rate decline could be attributed to Ohioans giving up on their job searches and said the governor's policies work for only a few.