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Huron County has state's 5th worst jobless rate

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Aug 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Huron County now has the state's fifth-worst jobless rate.

The county rose eight spots in that dubious category, according to most recent statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Of the 27,500 people in Huron County's estimated workforce, 3,000 -- or 11 percent -- were unemployed in July.

In June, Huron County had a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, ranking it 13th among Ohio's 88 counties.

Jobless rates declined in 68 of the 88 counties. Huron County, however, was one of the 20 whose rates didn't decline, instead experiencing a nearly 1 1/2 percent increase in the amount of people out of work.

Huron County's current rate also is higher than July 2012, when 10.4 percent of the county's eligible workers were unemployed.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in July 2013, unchanged from June. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,300 over the month, from a revised 5,205,600 in June to 5,210,900 in July.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 416,000, up 3,000 from 413,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 1,000 in the past 12 months from 415,000.

The July unemployment rate for Ohio also was unchanged from 7.2 percent in July 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and from 8.2 percent in July 2012.

Among the state's 88 counties, July 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Meigs County. Rates declined in 68 of the 88 counties statewide.

Six counties had unemployment rates below 6.0 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.9 percent; Delaware, 5.2 percent; Auglaize, 5.3 percent; and Geauga and Union, 5.8 percent.

Meanwhile, five counties had unemployment rates at or above 11.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Meigs were: Pike, 12.1 percent; Scioto, 11.1 percent; and Huron and Morgan, 11.0 percent.

(NOTE - To see the full list of county rates and other related statistics, click on the links at the bottom of this story.)

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,300 from a revised 5,205,600 in June 2013 to 5,210,900 in July, 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 852,000, lost 500 jobs over the month. Job declines in construction

(-3,100) outweighed job gains in manufacturing (+2,400) and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,612,800, gained 9,100 jobs. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality (+4,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,500), other services (+2,100), educational and health services (+1,400), and financial activities (+800). Losses occurred in information (-1,200) and professional and business services (-1,000). Government employment, at 746,100, decreased 3,300 as declines in local (-3,900) and federal (-500) government offset gains in state government (+1,100).

From July 2012 to July 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 37,700. Goods-producing industries added 1,800 jobs over the year. Manufacturing gained 8,200 jobs in durable goods (+6,000) and non-durable goods (+2,200). Construction and mining and logging lost 6,300 and 100 jobs respectively. The private service-providing sector added 45,700 jobs. The most significant gains were posted in educational and health services (+20,800) and leisure and hospitality (+14,600). Also showing gains were professional and business services (+6,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,500), and other services (+2,300). Employment losses occurred in information (-2,400) and financial activities (-600). Government employment declined 9,800 as losses in local (-8,700) and federal (-2,500) government exceeded gains in state government (+1,400).

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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