Huron County has 6th worst jobless rate in Ohio

Of the 26,300 people in county's estimated workforce, 3,200 are unemployed.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Mar 27, 2013


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).



Heroin county is improving. Soon we'll be #1 in the state again. Way to go Huron County Development Council which, by the way, is still boasting of the "current" construction of the new Willard Mercy Hospital on their web site. Good grief!


Some of it is construction workers on layoff the rest are too lazy to work or on drugs.


Okay, whose closed down or laid off now?


Where did some of the jobs go? Lets see, boxboard pgk. bought out by their competitor, same as eureka coach, mayflower went to mexico, norwalk furniture bad management, ipc closed reopened and closed again maybe bad management, geo track went to india, agri general not sure bout that one, fanny farmer bought out, faulhaber work went to taiwon, janesville had three plants down to one, vandresser gone, not sure if epic tech is still open, mid ohio wines moved, but many "New" jobs moved to norwalk. We have a new movie theatre, an antique store, game stop, bryan buffet, a new cigar store and little cezars moved back to norwalk! Things are definately getting better...


It's nice that all those little places brought jobs to Norwalk but it is miniscule to what has been lost with all the large factories closing. We lose 100 jobs and get 2 back. I think Norwalk needs to shop for factories and give some tax breaks or some type of incentive to move or stay here. We don't have enough money coming into this town to sustain alot of these new small businesses. We have always been a manufacturing town and when that left then we are slowly sinking. Need to get back to the basics.


Okay that's all in Norwalk. AGC & FF went out in the early 90's ...

I'm talking lately. What about the rest of Huron county?

hit the road jack

Snoozer: You gotta remember though,a lot of these mugshots you see in the paper were people who worked at these Norwalk factories or plants,the people who decided to take time off of work to party all the time and do a piss poor job when they did show up were the reason for these companies to move and nothing take their places,like Norwalk furniture,how long did they blog on here about what the company and certain people did that was to be the cause of the shutdown,hell,if they knew so much why didn't all these brainstorms start their own business's? probably because they would have to hire people like themselves and it too would fail!


Agri General went to Groten... where ever that is?
Stinky old place!
I worked there 25 yrs ago for $4.25 hr 6pm til 6 am 6 days a week.
Stinky...Stinky...couldn't eat eggs or chicken for a long
We need a Rallys!
They would make a killing in norwalk.


They never worked 24 hours production without shutting down 2- 4 hours for cleanup- hosing machines etc. down between shifts. I know -I was there. Unless you either were there before I hired (prior to '85) in or AFTER I quit (late ' 88) ....

The FDA would not have allowed to keep running without cleanup of the critical areas.

Ps It wasn't that stinky, and we never had chickens there, unless a stray one hopped of the trucks ( which happened once in a blue moon.


I was there too and we did work those hours for those wages.
A few of my friends can confirm this,they worked in that stinky hole
In 1991 just before they packed up and out.
What was your salary there?
Unless there is something wrong with your did stink!
I would know,was pregnant with my youngest daughter and
was sick from the smell everyday.
Then get home in the morning and smell my little brother cooking double yolked brown eggs before he went to school..uuh!
And no...lmao...I never saw a stray chicken there but eggs do come from chickens,no?
puck puck pucock! :D


There was nothing wrong with my sniffer, once ya got used to being there. It was no big deal. The stray chickens would somehow hitch a ride on one of the trucks. I never had a problem eating or smelling chicken cooking but I did with eggs for awhile..

You were there after they froze the wages in about 1989 Your math of 25 years is a bit off..... I wasn't My salary was higher because I was on sanitation at the time.


Yes must have been after the freeze.
I stand corrected on my math...more like 21 yrs ago.
I agree after you been there,the smell got easier but still...ick!
Funny you saw chicken there....we only clucked alot like them...hahaa
Sure wasn't the wages that kept me there but more the good people and pride of saying i had a job.
But yeah,eggs and chicken were out for me.
Every once in a while i would stomp a mouse that was under the skids and throw it on the packing conveyer to freak everyone
Those days were different,better and simpler.


All of the jobs lost were in manufacturing and were replaced with service industry jobs. Good high paying jobs lost and low wage jobs replace them. We can not have a service industry based economy. If everyone works at Cedar Point or Kalahari for low wages how are they going to be able to afford to go there?


Agreed, but those places are in Erie county.