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Huron Co. jobless rate at 6.7%

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jun 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Huron County's unemployment rate dropped by more than a percentage point last month, and its ranking fell eight spots among Ohio's 88 counties.

Of the estimated 26,100 people in Huron County's workforce, 1,700 were out of work in May, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). That ranks the county No. 13 in the state.

That 6.7 percent jobless rate is lower than the 7.9 figure posted for April, when Huron County had the state's fifth-highest jobless rate, and the 9.2 figure for May 2013, which represented Ohio's 14th-highest.

Among the state's 88 counties, May 2014 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.8 percent in Monroe County. From April, county unemployment rates decreased in 55 counties, increased in 13 and were unchanged in 20.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 4 percent. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.5 percent; Auglaize, 3.6 percent; Delaware, 3.7 percent; Union, 3.9 percent; and Hancock, 4.0 percent.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.5 percent. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Pike, 8.4 percent; Meigs, 7.9 percent; Scioto and Morgan, 7.7 percent; and Jefferson 7.5 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in May 2014, down from 5.7 percent in April 2014. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 2,900 over the month, from a revised 5,295,400 in April to 5,298,300 in May.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 317,000, down 11,000 from 328,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 108,000 in the past 12 months from 425,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in May 2013.

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

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 2,900 over the month, from a revised 5,295,400 in April to 5,298,300 in May, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 874,300, decreased 600 from April. Construction lost 3,600 jobs. Manufacturing and mining and logging gained 2,900 and 100 jobs respectively. The private service-providing sector, at 3,669,600, increased 3,600. Job gains were seen in professional and business services (+6,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,300), other services (+900), financial activities (+400), and information (+200) while employment declines occurred in leisure and hospitality (-4,300) and educational and health services (-900). Government employment, at 754,400, lost 100 jobs. Losses in local (-1,600) and federal (-200) government surpassed gains in state government (+1,700).

From May 2013 to May 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 46,800. Goods-producing industries added 15,200 jobs. Manufacturing gained 11,700 jobs in durable goods (+11,800) although non-durable goods (-100) posted a small loss. Construction added 2,800 jobs. Mining and logging employment increased 700. The private service-providing sector increased 35,000. The most significant gain occurred in professional and business services (+20,100). Also showing improvement were trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,900), educational and health services (+5,300), other services (+5,100), and leisure and hospitality (+2,600). Over-the-year declines occurred in financial activities (-4,200) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 3,400. Losses in local (-2,600) and federal (-900) government exceeded a small gain in state government (+100).

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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