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Huron County has state's 4th worst jobless rate

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Huron County has the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the state.

Of the estimated 26,600 people in Huron County's workforce, 2,300 were out of work in July, according to statistics released recently by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). That ranks No. 4 among Ohio's 88 counties.

The 8.8 percent jobless rate is 2 percentage points higher than June's rate of 6.8 percent. However, the current figure is down significantly from July 2013, when 11.4 percent of the county's residents were out of a job -- the fifth-worst percentage in Ohio.

The local rate is higher than the state average of 5.7 percent and national average of 6.2 percent.

Among the state's 88 counties, July unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.2 percent in Monroe County. From June, county unemployment rates increased in 73 counties.

Four counties had unemployment rates below 4.5 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.9 percent; Auglaize, 4.1 percent; and Delaware, 4.3 percent.

Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 8.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 9.4 percent; Pike, 8.9 percent; Huron and Morgan, 8.8 percent; Scioto 8.5 percent; and Jefferson 8.0 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was up slightly from the 5.5 percent mark in June. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,301,300 in June to 5,288,900 in July.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 323,000, up 7,000 from 316,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 110,000 in the past 12 months from 433,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in July 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate was up slightly from 6.1 percent in June, and down from 7.3 percent in July 2013.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,301,300 in June to 5,288,900 in July, 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 875,000, decreased 2,300 from June as losses in manufacturing (-2,900) outweighed gains in construction (+600). Mining and logging was unchanged over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,660,900, decreased 11,600. Job losses were seen in professional and business services (-4,200), educational and health services (-3,700), leisure and hospitality (-2,900), other services (-1,400), information (-200), and financial activities (-200). Employment gains occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,000). Government employment, at 753,000, added 1,500 jobs as employment gains in local government (+6,900) were partially offset by losses in state (-5,300) and federal (-100) government.

From July 2013 to July 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 24,400. Goods-producing industries added 14,700 jobs. Manufacturing gained 11,700 jobs in durable goods (+10,900) and non-durable goods (+800). Construction added 2,200 jobs and mining and logging added 800 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector increased 15,200. The most significant gain occurred in professional and business services (+17,000). Also showing improvement were trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,100) and other services (+3,600). Over-the-year declines occurred in financial activities (-5,500), educational and health services (-2,500), leisure and hospitality (-2,500), and information (-2,000). Government employment decreased 5,500 in local (-4,000), state (-1,300), and federal (-200) government.

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