Huron County has the sixth-worst unemployment rate among the 88 counties in Ohio.
The local jobless rate for February was 12.2 percent, according to data released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
That rate is lower than the 13.8 percent mark posted in January, and the 13.1 percent figure from February 2012.
However, Huron County's rate is significantly higher than the state's average of 7.0 percent for February, which was unchanged from January.
Of the 26,300 people in the county's estimated workforce, 3,200 are out of work, according the ODJFS.
Among the state's 88 counties, February 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 13.7 percent in Pike County. Rates decreased in every county.
Seven counties had unemployment rates below 6.5 percent in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were: Delaware, 5.2 percent; Holmes, 5.4 percent; Auglaize, 5.8 percent; and Franklin, Hancock, and Union, 6.3 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates above 12.0 percent in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike, were: Meigs and Morgan, 12.8 percent; Adams, 12.6 percent; and Huron and Ottawa, 12.2 percent.
Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month from the revised 5,181,100 in January to 5,197,200 in February.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 401,000, up from 399,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 30,000 in the past 12 months from 431,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in February 2012.
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month, from a revised 5,181,100 in January 2013 to 5,197,200 in February, 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 850,900, lost 2,500 jobs over the month due to declines in construction (-3,700). Manufacturing added 1,200 jobs and mining and logging remained unchanged. Private service-providing industries, at 3,596,500, added 17,600 jobs. Job growth occurred in professional and business services (+12,200), educational and health services (+4,900), financial activities (+2,100), leisure and hospitality (+1,900), information (+500) and other services (+300). Job losses occurred only in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,300). Government employment, at 749,800, gained 1,000 jobs. Increases in local government (+900) and federal government (+300) outweighed reductions in state growth (-200).
From February 2012 to February 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment rose 33,300. Goods-producing industries increased 600 over the year. Manufacturing gained 8,400 jobs in nondurable goods (+5,300) and durable goods (+3,100). Mining and logging added 100 jobs but construction declined 7,900. Private service-providing industries added 43,900 jobs. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+19,000), professional and business services (+12,300), leisure and hospitality (+7,800), financial activities (+3,400), and other services (+1,800). Losses occurred in information (-300) and trade, transportation, and utilities (-100). Government employment decreased 11,200 through losses in local government (-6,000), state government (-4,000), and federal government (-1,200).
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).