COLUMBUS - The state says Ohio's unemployment rate held steady in July at 7.2 percent, matching what it was a year ago and remaining slightly higher than earlier in 2013.
Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has varied only slightly since the beginning of the year. It has hovered below the U.S. unemployment rate, which dropped slightly to 7.4 percent for July.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio had 416,000 unemployed workers last month, up about 3,000 from June.
Nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,300, bringing good news a month after Ohio reported the second-largest job loss for any state in June.
The categories that added jobs in July include manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and utilities.