Huron Co. jobless rate falls to 8 percent, below national average

Huron County's unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in August, which is a hair below the national average.
Scott Seitz
Sep 28, 2012


Huron County's unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in August.

That number was down from 10.3 percent in July and 9.8 percent in August 2011.

In Huron County, there are 27,700 members of the workforce, with 25,500 employed, leaving 2,200 without a job, according to figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

"It's certainly encouraging," Huron County Commissioner Larry Silcox said. "That's closer to the national average, which I think is around 8 percent."

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July, and down from 9.1 percent in August 2011.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in August, unchanged from July, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month from the revised 5,189,600 in July to 5,187,600 in August.

The new 8-percent figure for Huron County leaves it tied for 19th-highest among the state's 88 counties.

Erie County was at 5.5 percent, making it the eighth-lowest in the state.

"I like to see that, but yesterday we got the numbers in Huron County and there still were 1,000 people who went through the Job Store," Silcox said. "I know across the county there are jobs available."

Silcox said he's concerned when December arrives because many residents will exhaust their unemployment benefits then.

"There are also a number of construction jobs in the county and we're coming up on the end of the outdoor season," he said.

Silcox said anyone needing a job or a better job should go to the Job Store at Job and Family Services.

"I think it's a great tool," he said. "If you need help with a resume they can teach you that.

"It's absolutely amazing," Silcox added. "They had a job fair there, and four people were hired right on the spot. I know the employers were very pleased with the job fair. In the first hour, 90 people went through there."

Commissioner Gary Bauer also said he was happy to see the numbers.

"I know we've bid a couple projects in the county in the last three or four weeks and we haven't got the same number of people bidding," Bauer said. "And the ones that did bid, some couldn't do the work as soon as we needed it."

One of the projects was work at the retention pond at the transfer station.

"So I do know with less bidders, there is some work out there for contractors," Bauer said.

Bauer is often skeptical of the unemployment figures, which he said are calculated by a formula.

ODJFS officials said ll 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).

"If they really dropped those (2.3) percentage points, that's marvelous, really good," he said.



@ betrump:

If you had a wealthy neighbor, would you also advocate looting their house?

Progressive kleptocrats are so ignorant. They think that if they just pass a tax increase that the target's behavior doesn't change.

The Progressive kleptocrats magically believe that they will get the amount of revenue that they mistakenly envision - govt. math.

The wealthy have more than enough high-paid accountants and lawyers to scour the tax code to find shelters.

Plus, maybe the wealthy have less money to buy muni bonds, which means less investment dollars for cash-strapped communities and states to help fund projects.

"Pay-go" went out the window with the spend-thrift Pelosi Congress.

BTW: Pres. Obama's reduction of payroll (Soc. Sec.) taxes is an example of "supply-side" economics. It's probably dead for next yr.

News Flash: Higher taxes may be in cards for all, just not the "rich."

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There is no maybe about higher taxes for all of "us".


@ SCK:

That's why "System D," the underground economy is the second largest one in the world. People are hiding their money and income from the greedy politicians.


So because many wealthy people can find loopholes and shelters, we should just not tax them at all. Sounds like a great idea. Oh, and reduction of payroll taxes is a good thing if a Conservative KLEPTOCRAT does it, but when Obama does it, it's socialism, marxism, fascism, etc. Now I get it. If he cured cancer, you'd complain that he was destroying pharmaceutical jobs. If I was running his campaign, I'd tell him to make a public announcement in favor of oxygen, that way you and your right wing friends would just stop breathing.


What it boils down to is 3 things. 1. This country cannot spend more than it takes in, like we have been. Taxing the top 1% more is like shooting a BB trying to kill a mountain lion...its been proven by the CBO that doing just that will only bring in 80 billion over 10 years. We spend 4 billion each day just on do the wont work.

2. We need a tax for everyone where everyone is paying something in. The bottom 50% cannot keep going on paying nothing in federal taxes. Its a system much like GM and many public sector jobs....and we all know how those systems are running right now.

3. We have to get people back to work by taking away and doing away with the entitlement mindset. There are jobs out there. Plenty of them. They might not be what you want to do but they are out there.


Bill Gross, a man much wealthier and smarter than me is saying that if the U.S. debt and spending spiral continues that stocks and bonds will eventually become worthless and only hard assets will have value.

I hope that he is 'very' wrong, but I also fear that he is not.

The Dems won't cut spending and the Repubs don't have the political will to do it. If neither side is willing to tackle the issue it can only end one way.


betrump writes:

“Oh, and reduction of payroll taxes is a good thing if a Conservative KLEPTOCRAT does it, but when Obama does it, it's socialism, marxism, fascism, etc. Now I get it.”

Exact opposite. Reduction of taxes is an example of supply-side economics, increasing taxes in the pursuit of govt. "income re-distribution" is not.

Didn't you write that you took some Poli. Sci. and History classes? You never read Marx and Engles?

How is "socialist" a dirty word? Isn't the current Pres. of France a Socialist? He's hiking taxes on the wealthy to 75%.

Just callin' 'em like they are.


Nice dodge. So when Reagan raised taxes 7 out of his 8 years in office, you're saying he was 'redistributing income.' And you tell me, how is socialism a dirty word? It's the right that keeps throwing that word around like its cancer. The thing that gets me is that even if Obama does exactly what the repubs want, they will flip-flop and call it a bad thing. They've purposely hurt the American People by refusing to compromise and pass legislation of any kind to help the economy. They have clearly stated their only goal is to make Obama a one term president. That, to me, borders on treason. Purposely harming our country so the ignorants will assume the President is doing a poor job. It's a shame, and if you support it, then shame on you, too.
Lastly, yes, I understand Marx and conflict theory. I am minoring in both History and Political Science. I am also a proud veteran of the Gulf War, so I wasn't born last night...


@ betrump:

No cooperation between the Repubs and Mr. Obama and the Dems?

The Federal govt. couldn't function fiscally or bureaucratically without cooperation. And you 'claim' to be studying Poli. Sci.????

Better get your "facts" straight and use less empty-headed political rhetoric.

For two, see: "The Budget Control Act of 2011" and the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act"

We're done here. I ain't gonna keep crawling down into the comment cellar in order to attempt to make some sense out of your blather.


Interesting that Silcox' opinions are all over this article. Not that he has helped to do anything to promote the local economy. Then, again, what can you expect from the Norwalk Reflector?