Last OH Jobless Numbers Due Before Election Day

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Updated Fri, Oct 19, 2012 9:21 am

UPDATE 9:20 P.M. Ohio's unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 7 percent after three consecutive months of holding steady at the same rate.     

The state Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that seasonally adjusted joblessness in Ohio was 7 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent in August.  

This is the last update on job numbers that the swing state's voters will see before the election.              

Additional statewide labor force data was also expected to be released Friday morning.               

The state's unemployment rate remains below the national rate. The U.S. unemployment rate tumbled to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August.

Gov. John Kasich downplayed Ohio's job numbers last month, warning of a possible economic slowdown.


Ohio officials are preparing to release unemployment figures for September, the last update on job numbers that the swing state's voters will see before the election.             

The figures include statewide labor force data and the unemployment rate, which has remained at 7.2 percent for three consecutive months.     

The state's rate has been at its lowest level since 2008, and has remained below the national rate.          

The U.S. unemployment rate tumbled to 7.8 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August.               

Gov. John Kasich downplayed Ohio's job numbers last month, warning of a possible economic slowdown.          

As a supporter of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Kasich faces the political dilemma of promoting the state's recovery as a model while saying Obama administration policies are holding Ohio back.

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