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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced Friday that Ohio’s unemployment rate fell to 8.9% in July.

That figure is down from a revised 11.0% in June and 13.9% in May. Ohio employers added 62,700 jobs over the month.

In response, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) issued the following statement:

“Ohio’s economy is bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic. We have regained nearly 400,000 jobs that were lost this spring, and our unemployment rate is now well below the national rate.

"While we gained more than 60,000 jobs last month, we have much more work to do to get back to our pre-COVID employment levels.

"The Senate has worked hard to reopen the state, and we passed legislation twice to limit employers’ liability and give small businesses the certainty that they need to stay open. We will be in session in the coming weeks and we will continue to advocate for small businesses and a fully reopened economy.

"We will not rest until the economy has fully recovered and every Ohioan has a well-paying job.”

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