Huron County has 8th worst jobless rate in state

Unemployment rate here nearly 4 percentage points higher than state's average.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 23, 2013


Huron County was among 10 counties in Ohio posting a jobless rate above 10 percent in December.

With a 10.3 percent unemployment rate last month, Huron County ranked eighth-worst among the state's 88 counties. Of the estimated 26,800 people in the county's workforce, 2,800 are out of work, according to statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

The December figure was up from the 9.3 percent mark posted in November, but down from December 2011, when Huron County has an 11.3 percent jobless rate.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in December, down slightly from 6.8 percent in November, according to the ODJFS.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, unchanged from November, and down from 8.5 percent in December 2011.

Among the state's 88 counties, the December 2012 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Pike County. Rates increased in 67 of the 88 counties.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.5 percent in December. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.2; Delaware, 4.3; Auglaize, 4.8; Union, 5.1; Hancock, 5.2; Franklin and Putnam, 5.4; and Wayne, 5.5 percent.

Ten counties had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent during December. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike were: Adams and Morgan, 11.1; Meigs and Ottawa, 10.9; Jefferson, 10.6; Huron and Scioto, 10.3; and Monroe and Vinton, 10.1 percent.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 388,000, down from 391,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 70,000 in the past 12 months from 458,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.9 percent in December 2011.

Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the month from the revised 5,194,400 in November to 5,185,000 in December.

Total nonagricultural wage and salary employment (seasonally adjusted) Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the month, from a revised 5,194,400 in November to 5,185,000 in December, 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 service-providing industries, at 4,336,000, dropped 10,400 over the month. Job losses occurred in leisure and hospitality (-4,900), government (-2,100), other services (-1,500), and financial activities (-1,300). Smaller declines were noted in trade, transportation, and utilities (-400), educational and health services (-400), and information (-200). Professional and business services added 400 jobs. Goods-producing industries, at 849,000, gained 1,000 jobs from November. Manufacturing and construction added 900 and 100 jobs respectively. Mining and logging employment remained unchanged over the month.

From December 2011 to December 2012, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose by 90,700. Service-providing industries added 70,100 jobs. Gains were seen in educational and health services (+25,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+16,800), professional and business services (+15,400), financial activities (+7,100), leisure and hospitality (+5,100), and other services (+4,600). Over-the-year declines were posted in government (-2,800) and information (-1,300). Goods- producing industries increased 20,600. Manufacturing gained 15,300 jobs through increases in durable goods (+8,700) and nondurable goods (+6,600). Construction added 6,100 jobs. Mining and logging employment decreased 800.

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).



And we wonder why we see so much trash in the papers on a daily basis. Unemployed, lazy people to do not want to work, but live off the government, move to Huron County. HC is becoming such a bad haven for drug use and abuse and has a judicial system that just slaps hands and lets them back out on the street.

Until we get people in leadership positions who are tired of the trash in this area, it will continue to get worse. Crime is significantly up, drug use up,.....its sad.


well mabye seems like i remember FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS just let 29 people go at christmas so not all are lazy...just unfortunate

me arse

arnmcrmn - You really shouldn't advertise for unemployed, lazy people to come live here. The reason so many people are without work is simply because there are no jobs here. The lack of jobs can not be blamed on the workforce. People involved with crime are scum, but don't be ripping on the unemployed when you have no idea what it's like to hunt for work.

Dr. Information

Huron county.


@me. Sorry wasn't trying to be insensitive. All I was trying to say is that our country attracts the trash that doesn't want to work and wants to do drugs all day long. Our judicial system slaps wrists, fines and releases. It's been a welcome sign for trash to move here. Sorry again. Wasn't trying to be that way.

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Go figure that one...and now we have Huron County Residents who are telling Bill Bader to pack his race track up and leave! Anyone see a problem with this? I would think every county official would be doing every thing possible to make sure Summit Racing stays in Huron County...even moving an airport. I know it's just a "summer thing" to some of you but I'm betting if Cedar Point wanted to buy a little ole dumpy airport it would be sold to them or moved in a heart beat. I do realize Bill Bader is not Cedar Point, but he is our largest employer of summer jobs and all we have that brings people in large amounts to the area for entertainment purposes. I think people need to start thinking about saving/building jobs and keeping/increasing sales tax a little more rather than how much they dislike Bill Bader or how he has enough and should just be happy with what he's got. It sounds to me like he has enough to increase jobs. Is the airport hiring?



me arse

most wanted - if you love Billy so much, then by all means make sure you're the first in line to kiss his a$$. After all, you said every effort should be made to keep him from moving (so pucker up and do your part). He has other options besides the airport, so why isn't he exploring them instead of crying about it all?

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FYI...I have never met the man, I just don't happen to think what you think of his personality or how deep you think his pockets are have anything to do with him expanding his business and increasing sales tax in Huron County.


Don't worry, now Billy Jr will come to the rescue and save the county with his oval track, hotel, restaurant, oh, and ampitheatre. Can't wait for the 2 day a week jobs at less than minimum wage. If you fall for his crap you deserve the smell that will accompany it. The only money will be in Jr's pocket. Mice following the pied piper to the water.

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Right, because a man doesn't deserve to profit from his investment. He should live like a pauper and drive a rusty old dodge.


I too am amazed at the comments made toward a man and his successful business. Guess what hcfarmland, its Ohio, you cannot race in the winter. Why do you people hate on this man and his family so bad? Jealous? Hate that he is wealthy? I know of many summertime landscaping companies that hire summer help at minimum wage. So why not bash them? One would think that any and all business in this area is a good thing, but I guess not. Haters will continue to hate based on one thing.....jealousy.


Agree. IMO, be thankful for what you got.

Norwalk/Huron Co. has no economic catalyst as far as I can see. Where are the businesses that are knocking on the local “door” to potentially provide jobs and tax dollars?

In the 2010 U.S. Census, of all the county’s municipalities, only Norwalk had a small population increase. All others lost people.

Without economic growth, taxes will need to be raised on everyone or the quality and number of publicly provided benefits and services will decline.

Huron Co. is in a very precarious position socio-economically and it seems to be slipping only further down.

IMO, if you're not nervous regarding the future of this county, you're not paying attention.


It's all Bush's fault, oh crap...I forgot he's been out of office for four years.


In the late 70's & early 80's it was similar. Sadly this county holds high unemployment stats. Fact checking shows why. (has to do with land useage)


Isn't it the job of the Huron County Development Council to attract and retain businesses? The HCDC website is still boasting of the "current" construction of the new Mercy Willard Hospital. Hasn't that hospital been operational for about a year now? It sounds as though the HCDC is the one failing us.