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Huron County's jobless rate in double digits, 8th worst in state

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Huron County's unemployment rate is climbing, and so is its place among other Ohio counties in that dubious category.

Of the estimated 26,300 people in Huron County's projected labor force, 2,700 are unemployed, according to statistics released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

That 10.1 percent figure for Huron County is higher than the 9.4 percent posted the previous month and the 9.3 percent mark from November 2012.

Huron County has the eighth-highest jobless rate among Ohio's 88 counties. That's up from October, when the 9.4 percent rate was the state's 11th worst.

November 2013 unemployment rates in Ohio ranged from a low of 4.4 percent in Mercer County to a high of 15.6 percent in Monroe County.

Rates increased in 60 of the 88 counties statewide.

Five counties had unemployment rates below 5.5 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.9 percent; Auglaize, 5.1 percent; Delaware, 5.2 percent; and Union, 5.4 percent.

Meanwhile, five counties had unemployment rates above 11.0 percent in November. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 12.3 percent; Pike, 12.1 percent; Scioto, 11.2 percent; and Ottawa, 11.1 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in November 2013, down from 7.5 percent in October, according to data released this week by the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,000 over the month, from a revised 5,202,600 in October to 5,190,600 in November.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 427,000, unchanged from October. The number of unemployed has increased by 37,000 in the past 12 months from 390,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.8 percent in November 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent in October and from 7.8 percent in November 2012.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 12,000 over the month, from 5,202,600 in October 2013 to 5,190,600 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 844,400, lost 3,100 jobs over the month. Declines in construction (-3,600) exceeded gains in manufacturing (+500). Mining and logging employment was unchanged over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,605,600, lost 9,500 jobs due to declines in leisure and hospitality (-12,200). Professional and business services (-1,800), financial activities (-1,300), other services (-800), and information (-600) also posted declines. Gains occurred in educational and health services (+4,200) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,000). Government employment, at 740,600, added 600 jobs. Gains in state government (+500) and federal government (+300) exceeded a decrease in local government (-200).

From November 2012 to November 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 19,800. Goods-producing industries lost 2,100 jobs over the year. Construction lost 5,200 jobs. Manufacturing added 2,700 jobs in durable goods (+1,800) and non-durable goods (+900). Mining and logging gained 400 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 32,100 jobs over the year. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+15,800), trade, transportation and utilities (+12,400), professional and business services (+8,800), and leisure and hospitality (+200). Employment decreased in information (-3,000), financial activities (-2,000), and other services (-100). Government lost 10,200 jobs in local (-8,000), federal (-1,800), and state (-400) government.

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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