COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's unemployment rate for April was 7.0 percent -- down just slightly from 7.1 percent the two previous months.
State officials released the unemployment rate Friday morning ahead of the newest statewide labor force data.
The rate has consistently remained below the national level. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent.
The state's leaders have said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.
Ohio's unemployment rate peaked at 10.6 percent during the last half of 2009 and early 2010 before beginning its trek downward. January marked the first time the rate failed to decline or at least remain steady since July 2011.