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Local officials dismiss numbers

Scott Seitz2 • Jul 28, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Though local officials were pleased at the declining rate of unemployment in Huron County, they also added not to take those numbers released Tuesday to heart.

Huron County's jobless rate for June was 6.7 percent, which placed it 20th in the state.

"That's an interesting question," State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) said when asked about the accuracy of the jobless data.

"One, do I believe the numbers themselves? No, I don't," he said.

"But, they are using the same formula every month and I do agree they are down considerably from where they were," Boose added.

Boose said the numbers are provided by the federal government and released through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Boose added he doesn't really consider the 6.7 percent figure.

"I can believe in the trend, but I have no faith in the numbers," he said. "I called in a representative from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to my office and we sat down and talked about these numbers.

"There is a formula used to determine the percentage, but it is not the number of people who filed for unemployment and I think that is just crazy," Boose said.

"They instead use several different surveys and they call people and businesses," he added. "It's not a true number at all."

Boose said the local unemployment figure, if one wants to use that, isn't bad.

"Especially, compared to other states," he said.

Huron County Commissioner Tom Dunlap talked along the same lines as Boose.

"I disregard the numbers, entirely," he said. "Those numbers are all skewed."

Dunlap said Huron County is not much different than the surrounding counties.

"But, to get numbers as low as ours, you have to go to Southeast Ohio," he said.

"We've just had all kinds of good things happen in Huron County," Dunlap said, referring to hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and expansions.

"Those numbers have been skewed for at least 10 years," he said. "Now, that I'm in office, I'm more convinced of that.

"We were in Columbus at the lieutenant governor's office and complained about the numbers and they went down four points," Dunlap said. "Then, the next month, they were right back up. Now, we didn't fluctuate that much."

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