COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Even though about 6,000 people entered the Ohio labor force last month---many of them in technology and state government jobs---it wasn't enough to offset a loss of 12,500 jobs, so June's unemployment rate rose to 7.2 percent.

The unemployment rate had held steady at 7.0 percent in April and May.

Ben Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, notes that about 27,000 people have entered the labor force since the end of last year.

Johnson says most analysts haven't changed their outlook for Ohio's economy. They still see a slow but steady improvement.

Ohio's jobless rate has consistently remained below the nation's rate, which was 7.6 percent last month.

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