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Huron County jobless rate declines slightly, ranks 11th worst in state

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 29, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Huron County's jobless rate declined slightly to 9.2 percent in November, the most current month for which labor statistics are available.

That rate ranks 11th worst among the state's 88 counties, according to data released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Of the estimated 27,300 people in Huron County's labor force, 2,500 are out of work. That's an improvement from October, when the county had a 9.8 percent jobless rate. The county's rate also was 9.8 percent in November 2011.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in November, down slightly from 6.9 percent in October, according to ODJFS statistics.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in October, and down from 8.7 percent in November 2011.

Among Ohio's 88 counties, the November 2012 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.9 percent in Pike County. Rates increased in 66 of the 88 counties.

Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.5 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.2; Delaware, 4.5; Auglaize, 4.7; Putnam, 5.0; Hancock and Union, 5.1; Wayne, 5.4; and Franklin and Geauga, 5.5 percent.

Eight counties had unemployment rates at or above 9.5 percent during November. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike were: Meigs, 10.4; Jefferson, 9.9; Adams, Monroe, and Scioto, 9.8; Morgan, 9.7; and Ottawa, 9.5 percent.

Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month from the revised 5,195,900 in October to 5,197,500 in November.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 391,000, down from 396,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 79,000 in the past 12 months from 470,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 8.1 percent in November 2011.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 1,600 over the month, from a revised 5,195,900 in October to 5,197,500 in November, 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 848,400, gained 3,700 jobs from October. Manufacturing added 4,700 jobs, construction lost 1,000 jobs, and mining and logging remained unchanged over the month. Service-providing industries lost 2,100 jobs over the month to 4,349,100. Job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-5,400), other services (-3,000), government (-2,100), professional and business services (-1,800), and information (-100). Gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,000), financial activities (+2,000), and educational and health services (+300).

From November 2011 to November 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 100,400. Service-providing industries added 83,000 jobs. The gains occurred in educational and health services (+25,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+20,000), professional and business services (+18,000), leisure and hospitality (+8,700), financial activities (+7,500), and other services (+6,800). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-2,200) and information (-900). Goods-producing industries increased 17,400. Manufacturing gained 15,300 jobs through expansions in durable goods (+8,800) and nondurable goods (+6,500). Construction added 2,900 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 800.

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

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