The U.S. Department of Labor says the national unemployment rate has decreased to 8.2 percent, though only 120,000 jobs were added in March.
Much of the drop in unemployment can be attributed to the shrinking labor force, though the decrease is the lowest in three years. The Department of Labor says the drop makes this the 26th consecutive month of economic gains.
The outlook does bode well for Ohio. After ranking 48th in job creation, Governor John Kasich says the state now ranks fourth overall. The Governor says much of the change came from the revival of the auto industry and diversifying the types of jobs available in the state.
So far of nearly 9 million jobs lost after the financial crisis, nearly 4 million have been added.