COLUMBUS — Officials say Ohio's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent in June with a loss of 12,500 jobs, the second largest of any state that month.
The state's unemployment rate had remained at 7 percent for the previous two months.
The U.S. Department of Labor released the data on Thursday. Unemployment rates increased in 28 states in June, partly because more Americans began searching for work and not all of them got jobs. The government doesn't count people as unemployed unless they are actively looking for work.
The number of unemployed workers in Ohio in June was almost 413,000, up by about 8,000 compared to May. 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.