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Huron County's 7.9% jobless rate is state's fifth worst

Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 29, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Huron County has the state's fifth-highest unemployment rate.

That's an improvement of one spot among Ohio's 88 counties.

Of the estimated 25,700 people in Huron County's workforce, 2,000 were out of work in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

That 7.9 percent jobless rate is significantly lower than the 10.3 figure posted for March, when Huron County had the state's fourth-highest jobless rate, and the 10.9 figure for April 2013, which also represented Ohio's fifth-highest.

The ODJFS statistics, released earlier this month, show that from March to April, the county's workforce had 100 fewer people and its jobless total had 700 fewer people.

The counties surrounding Huron County all posted lower rates in April -- Seneca (4.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March), Sandusky (5.2, down from 6.3), Ashland (5.4, down from 6.5), Erie (5.4, down from 6.7), Richland (5.8, down from 6.8), Crawford (5.9, down from 7.2) and Lorain (6.7, down from 7.6).

Among the state's 88 counties, April unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.7 percent in Monroe County. Rates decreased in all 88 counties from March.

Only three southeast counties near the West Virginia border (Monroe, 10.7 percent; Morgan, 8.6; Meigs, 8.5) and Pike County (9.0) in southwest Ohio had unemployment rates higher than Huron County.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.4 percent; Auglaize and Delaware, 3.6 percent; Union, 3.8 percent; and Hancock, 4.0 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in April, down from 6.1 percent in March. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 328,000, down 26,000 from 354,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 94,000 in the past 12 months from 422,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in April 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March, and down from 7.5 percent in April 2013.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April, 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 875,000, added 1,200 jobs from March. Gains in manufacturing (+2,100) exceeded losses in construction (-900). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,667,900, increased 6,800. Job gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), other services (+2,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,100), and information (+400) while employment declines occurred in educational and health services (-2,800), professional and business services (-900), and financial activities (-100). Government employment, at 754,700, added 4,600 jobs in local (+2,000), state (+1,800) and federal (+800) government.

From April 2013 to April 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment added 55,300 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 19,700. Manufacturing gained 11,500 jobs in durable goods (+9,700) and non-durable goods (+1,800). Construction added 7,600 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 600. Private service-providing industries added 40,200 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500), educational and health services (+6,700), and other services (+3,100). Declines were posted in financial activities (-4,100) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 4,600 at the state (-1,900), local (-1,600), and federal (-1,100) levels.

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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