COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) --Ohio's unemployment rate was higher the past two months.
The Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday that the rate was 7.4 percent in September and inched up to 7.5 percent last month. October's rate was the highest since March 2012.
That's up from the 7.3-percent rate in August.
Ohio's rate is now higher than the national rate. The U.S. unemployment rate increased in October to 7.3 percent from 7.2 percent in September.
Officials said furloughed federal employees were considered unemployed during the shutdown and thus contributed to the bump.
Ohio's monthly labor report for September had been delayed because of the shutdown, so both sets of numbers were released Friday.