COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After suffering the loss of more than 12,000 jobs, Ohio's unemployment rate jumped to 7.2 percent in June.
The state's jobless rate has fluctuated between 7.0 and 7.1 percent since January. In June, almost 413,000 people were looking for work in Ohio, up by about 8,000 compared to May. The Buckeye State suffered the greatest job losses in manufacturing (-3,100), education and health services (-3,100), and local government (-7,100).
The state's rate in June 2012 was 7.3 percent. Ohio's rate has consistently remained below the nation's rate, which was 7.6 percent last month.
More than 5.2 million Ohioans are currently employed.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that unemployment rates increased in 28 states in June, partly because more Americans began searching for work, but not all of them got jobs. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.