Huron County's jobless rate remains at 6.7 percent
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Aug 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Huron County's unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent for June, according to numbers released recently by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The 6.7-percent figure, which was the same as May, ranked 20th among Ohio's 88 counties. Of the estimated 26,700 people in Huron County's workforce, 1,800 are unemployed.
April's unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in Huron County. In June 2013, Huron County posted a 10.1 jobless rate.
From May, county unemployment rates increased in 85 counties, ranging from a low of 3.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.7 percent in Monroe County.
Seven counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.5 percent in June. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.9 percent; Auglaize, 4.0 percent; Delaware, 4.1 percent; Putnam and Union, 4.4 percent; and Hancock, 4.5 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 8.0 percent in June. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 8.9 percent; Pike, 8.7 percent; Morgan, 8.6 percent; and Scioto 8.3 percent.
Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June 2014, unchanged from May 2014. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,700 over the month, from a revised 5,292,700 in May to 5,305,400 in June.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 316,000, down 1,000 from 317,000 in May. The number of unemployed has decreased by 114,000 in the past 12 months from 430,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in June 2013.
The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May, and down from 7.5 percent in June 2013.
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,700 over the month, from a revised 5,292,700 in May to 5,305,400 in June, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.
Employment in goods-producing industries, at 876,900, increased 3,200 from May. Gains in manufacturing (+3,700) and mining and logging (+200) surpassed a loss in construction (-700). The private service-providing sector, at 3,676,900, increased 12,500. Job gains were seen in professional and business services (+5,000), educational and health services (+4,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,300), and leisure and hospitality (+1,800). Employment declines occurred in other services (-1,900), financial activities (-300), and information (-100). Government employment, at 751,600, lost 3,000 jobs as employment declines in local government (-7,500) offset employment gains in state (+4,400) and federal (+100) government.
From June 2013 to June 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 50,200. Goods-producing industries added 17,100 jobs. Manufacturing gained 15,600 jobs in durable goods (+13,200) and non-durable goods (+2,400). Mining and logging employment increased 800 and construction added 700 jobs. The private service-providing sector increased 35,800. The most significant gain occurred in professional and business services (+20,700). Also showing improvement were trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,300), educational and health services (+5,800), leisure and hospitality (+4,500), and other services (+3,700). Over-the-year declines occurred in financial activities (-5,300) and information (-900). Government employment decreased 2,700. Losses in local (-5,900) and federal (-500) government exceeded a gain in state government (+3,700).