Employers in Ohio have added 1,700 jobs in the first four months of the year, a significant jump from the month before.
State labor officials said Friday that the increase was due in large part to an increase in the number of people who applied for jobs through the Ohio Workforce Investment Network, which is run by the Department of Employment and Training.
The increase in job creation is expected to continue through the rest of the month, with the number expected to be about 1,600 jobs by the end of April.
The state’s unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent in the second quarter, which came as the economy continued to grow and businesses added jobs.
The unemployment rate for April was 4.8 percent.
John Kasich said in April that he believed the unemployment rate was too high.
He said that if a new survey showed Ohio’s unemployment level had been closer to 4 percent, he would have kept his promise to increase the state’s minimum wage.
Ohio has a job growth rate of 1.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.