Officials in Ohio and Kentucky reported Friday that unemployment rates in the two states in March were unchanged from the month before.
Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady from February to March at 5.1 percent, a bit higher than the national rate and up slightly compared with a year earlier.
The U.S. unemployment rate for last month was 4.5 percent.
The state Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased by 4,100 last month.
The sectors that saw job gains in the state included construction, information, and education and health services. Job losses were reported in categories including professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and utilities.
In Kentucky, the March jobless rate remained at 5 percent, down slightly from the 5.1 percent rate reported in March 2016.
State officials say Kentucky’s manufacturing sector had the largest month-to-month expansion in March 2017, growing by 2,800 positions, or 1.1 percent, from the prior month.
They say the trade, transportation and utilities sector grew by 1,600 jobs last month.
The state’s construction sector lost 2,000 jobs last month. But since March 2016, the sector has added 2,900 jobs, growing by 3.8 percent.
Earlier in the week, West Virginia reported a jobless rate of 4.9 for March, a drop of three-tenths of a percentage point from February and the lowest level in the state since November 2008.