Ohio's unemployment rate in December to 9.6 percent from 9.8 percent a month earlier.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio fell to 567,000 in December from 580,000 in November, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported on Friday.
The state's nonfarm wage and salary employment fell 9,100 to 5,002,900 in December from 5,012,000 in November.
For all of 2010, manufacturing job growth led the way, by adding 13,000 from November to December. Overall, unemployment fell to 567,000 from 580,000. For last year, job losses in financial activities fell by 10,000
During the same period a year earlier, Ohio's unemployment rate was 10.8 percent.
Correction: An article on January 23, 2010 incorrectly stated that manufacturing led the way in hiring in December in Ohio. The figured referred to the yearly growth in manufacturing jobs.