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Huron County has 8th worst jobless rate in state

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Huron County was among 10 counties in Ohio posting a jobless rate above 10 percent in December.

With a 10.3 percent unemployment rate last month, Huron County ranked eighth-worst among the state's 88 counties. Of the estimated 26,800 people in the county's workforce, 2,800 are out of work, according to statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

The December figure was up from the 9.3 percent mark posted in November, but down from December 2011, when Huron County has an 11.3 percent jobless rate.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December, down slightly from 6.8 percent in November, according to the ODJFS.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, unchanged from November, and down from 8.5 percent in December 2011.

Among the state's 88 counties, the December 2012 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Pike County. Rates increased in 67 of the 88 counties.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.5 percent in December. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.2; Delaware, 4.3; Auglaize, 4.8; Union, 5.1; Hancock, 5.2; Franklin and Putnam, 5.4; and Wayne, 5.5 percent.

Ten counties had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent during December. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike were: Adams and Morgan, 11.1; Meigs and Ottawa, 10.9; Jefferson, 10.6; Huron and Scioto, 10.3; and Monroe and Vinton, 10.1 percent.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 388,000, down from 391,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 70,000 in the past 12 months from 458,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.9 percent in December 2011.

Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the month from the revised 5,194,400 in November to 5,185,000 in December.

Total nonagricultural wage and salary employment (seasonally adjusted) Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the month, from a revised 5,194,400 in November to 5,185,000 in December, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in service-providing industries, at 4,336,000, dropped 10,400 over the month. Job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-4,900), government (-2,100), other services (-1,500), and financial activities (-1,300). Smaller declines were noted in trade, transportation, and utilities (-400), educational and health services (-400), and information (-200). Professional and business services added 400 jobs. Goods-producing industries, at 849,000, gained 1,000 jobs from November. Manufacturing and construction added 900 and 100 jobs respectively. Mining and logging employment remained unchanged over the month.

From December 2011 to December 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 90,700. Service-providing industries added 70,100 jobs. Gains were seen in educational and health services (+25,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+16,800), professional and business services (+15,400), financial activities (+7,100), leisure and hospitality (+5,100), and other services (+4,600). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-2,800) and information (-1,300). Goods- producing industries increased 20,600. Manufacturing gained 15,300 jobs through increases in durable goods (+8,700) and nondurable goods (+6,600). Construction added 6,100 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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