You need to look back to 1981 to find two months in which Ohio's jobless rate rose as much as it did in May and June.

The June rate, released yesterday, was 6.6 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from May and up a full percentage point from April.

In 1981, Ronald Reagan was president, Jim Rhodes was governor, Jessie's G irl by Rick Springfield was on the radio, and the state economy was in a much steeper nose dive.

The jobless rate that year hit 11.1 percent in December, up 1 percentage point from two months earlier.

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