COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio's unemployment rate has increased slightly, matching the national rate for last month.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in August was 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent the previous month.
"It doesn't mean Ohio's economy is heading in the wrong direction," said ODJFS spokesman Ben Johnson. "Ohio has still added more than 30,000 jobs over the past 12 months, but the recovery remains very slow."
The state rate has varied only slightly throughout this year and had been hovering below the U.S. rate. The national rate dropped to 7.3 percent in August, the lowest since 2008, because more people stopped looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.
Ohio logged 419,000 unemployed workers in August, about 3,000 more than in July.
The state's workforce shrank by 13,000 people in August, something Johnson blames on seasonal jobs. 7,000 jobs were lost in the leisure and hospitality sector alone.
"That's not unexpected for August. Those are summer jobs drawing to a close," he said.
There were also big losses in educational and health services.
Johnson also says outside issues like the conflict in Syria driving up gas prices and the uncertainty over budgets and spending in Congress are impacting Ohio's job market.