Huron County had the sixth-worst unemployment rate in January.
The local jobless rate for January checked in at 13.8 percent, up from 10.3 percent the previous month, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
That figure is also identical to January 2012, when the county posted a 13.9 percent rate.
Of the 26,400 people in Huron County’s estimate workforce, 3,600 are out of work, ODJFS figures reveal.
Among the state’s 88 counties, January 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 15.3 percent in Pike County.
Rates increased in every county.
Seven counties had unemployment rates at or below 7.0 percent in January. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were: Delaware, 5.8; Holmes, 6.0; Auglaize, 6.3; Union, 6.6; Franklin, 6.8; and Hancock, 7.0 percent.
Eight counties had unemployment rates above 13.0 percent during January. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike, were: Adams, Meigs, and Morgan, 14.4; Ottawa, 13.9; Huron, 13.8; Vinton, 13.6; and Monroe, 13.1 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January, up from 6.7 percent in December. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 3,800 over the month from the revised 5,175,000 in December to 5,178,800 in January.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 399,000, up from 385,000 in December . The number of unemployed has decreased by 42,000 in the past 12 months from 441,000 . The December unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.6 percent in January 2012.
The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in December, and down from 8.3 percent in January 2012.
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 3,800 over the month, from a revised 5,175,000 in December 2012 to 5,178,800 in January 2013, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.
Goods-producing industries, at 851,400 added 3,900 jobs from December . Construction (+2,100), manufacturing (+1,600), and mining and logging (+200) grew over the month . Private service-providing industries, at 3,578,800, gained 800 jobs in the same time period . Job gains occurred in educational and health services (+8,000), information (+1,600), and other services (+600). Job losses were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,300), financial activities (-3,200), professional and business services (-1,200), and leisure and hospitality (-700). Government employment, at 748,600, declined 900. Decreases in state government (-1,800) and federal government (-400) outweighed growth in local government (+1,300).
From January 2012 to January 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose 29,100.
Goods-producing industries increased 4,300 over the year . Manufacturing added 9,300 jobs through gains in durable goods (+5,200) and nondurable goods (+4,100) . Mining and logging added 200 jobs while construction declined 5,200 . Private service-providing industries added 35,900 jobs . Gains were posted in educational and health services (+17,000), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,200), professional and business services (+2,900), other services (+1,800), and financial activities (+1,000). Over-the-year declines were seen in information (-900). Government employment decreased 11,100 through losses in local government (-5,800), state government (-3,600), and federal government (-1,700).
EDITOR’S NOTE: 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).