More than 450,000 out of work in Ohio; national unemployment hovers near 12%

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) – Ohioans filed 27,937 initial jobless claims last week.

That’s in addition to 423,452 people in Ohio who are still out of work.

More than 1.5 million people filed for unemployment over the last 19 weeks in the Buckeye state.

Nationally, 1,434,000 new claims for unemployment were filed on top of more than 17-million continued claims.

The U.S. Labor Department says the unemployment rate is 11.6%

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