WARREN - April unemployment figures for Trumbull and Mahoning counties dipped more than half a percentage point from March and remained flat compared to last year at this time.
Area jobless rates were listed at 7.6 percent in April for the two-county area, the same as it was in April 2012. March numbers were 8.3 percent.
According to figures released Tuesday by Ohio Job and Family Services, about 800 fewer workers, or 193,600, were employed in Trumbull and Mahoning counties than last year at this time, but the size of the civilian work force also declined by 800 to 209,500 last month. Just one month earlier, the work force was listed at 210,400, with 193,000 employed in the two counties.
A closer look at the local numbers shows municipal unemployment figures for both Warren and Youngstown, as well as Mahoning County, all dropped at least 0.1 percentage point when compared to April 2012. Trumbull County jobless rate inched up to 7.6 percent from 7.4 percent a year ago.
Jobless numbers for the whole state also dropped in April to 7 percent from 7.1 percent in March, and from 7.3 percent in April 2012, according to Ohio JFS.
The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in March and down from 8.1 percent in April 2012.