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Huron County jobless rate up slightly

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Huron County's most-recent unemployment rate checked in at 8.1 percent, which ranks as the 17th worst among Ohio's 88 counties.

Of the estimated 27,500 people in Huron County's work force in September, 2,200 were unemployed, according to data released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

The most recent figure is slightly higher than the 7.9 percent jobless rate recorded in August, but nearly two percentage points lower than a year ago, when Huron County had a 10 percent rate.

Among the state's 88 counties, the September 2012 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.5 percent in Pike County. Rates decreased in 78 of the 88 counties.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.0 percent in September. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.4; Delaware, 4.8; Auglaize, 4.9; and Putnam, 5.0 percent.

Eight counties had unemployment rates above 9.0 percent during September. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike were: Meigs, 10.7; Jefferson, 10.6; Clinton, 9.8; Scioto, 9.7; Adams, 9.6; Morgan, 9.4; and Vinton, 9.1 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7 percent in September, down from 7.2 percent in August, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,800 over the month from the revised 5,190,000 in August to 5,177,200 in September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 406,000, down from 413,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 91,000 in the past 12 months from 497,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.6 percent in September 2011.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 7.8 percent, down from 8.1 percent in August, and down from 9.0 percent in September 2011.

Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment decreased 12,800 over the month, from 5,190,000 in August to 5,177,200 in September, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 846,500, were down 8,100 from August. Manufacturing and construction lost 6,400 and 1,700 jobs respectively. Mining and logging remained constant over the month. The service-provider sector declined 4,700 over the month to 4,330,700. Job losses occurred in educational and health services (-3,900), government (-1,400), leisure and hospitality (-700), financial activities (-400), and other services (-200) Gains were seen in professional and business services (+1,500), information (+300), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+100).

From September 2011 to September 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 88,700. Service-providing industries added 71,600 jobs. The most significant gains occurred in educational and health services (+21,900), trade, transportation and utilities (+19,700), professional and business services (+15,200) and leisure and hospitality (+10,500). Also showing improvement were other services (+7,800), financial activities (+2,800), and information (+100). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-6,400). Goods-producing industries increased 17,100. Manufacturing gained 16,300 jobs through increases in durable goods (+11,800) and nondurable goods (+4,500). Construction added 1,000 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 200.

All data cited are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. Data sources include current population survey; Current Employment Statistics Program (nonagricultural wage and salary employment data); and Local Area Unemployment Statistics Program (Ohio unemployment rates).

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