Local jobless rate is Ohio's fourth-worst

Huron County unemployment rate at 12.1 percent; esimates show 3,200 job-eligible residents are out of work.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Apr 24, 2013


Huron County has the fourth-highest unemployment rate among Ohio’s 88 counties.

The local jobless rate in March was 12.1 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Only Pike (13.4 percent) Morgan (12.3) and Meigs (12.2) counties had higher rates.

A story published in Wednesday’s Norwalk Reflector included local reaction to the news.

Of the 26,500 in Huron County’s estimate workforce, 3,200 are unemployed, the ODJFS reported.

The county’s initial percentage for February was 12.2 percent. However, the revised numbers released Tuesday showed that rate was 13.0 percent. So while the ranking rose from the previous month, when the county had the state’s sixth-worst mark, the percentage decreased. It was higher than March 2012, however, when Huron County had an 11.8 jobless rate.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in March, unchanged from the revised February rate. The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in February, and down from 8.2 percent in March 2012.

Among the state’s 88 counties, March 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.6 percent in Mercer County to a high of 13.4 percent in Pike County. Rates fell in 85 of 88 counties. The comparable rate for the state was 7.3 percent in March.

Six counties had unemployment rates below 6.0 percent in March. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were: Delaware, 4.9 percent; Holmes, 5.1 percent; Auglaize, 5.4 percent; Union, 5.7 percent; and Hancock, 5.8 percent.

Eight counties had unemployment rates above 11.0 percent in March. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike, were: Morgan, 12.3 percent; Meigs, 12.2 percent; Huron, 12.1 percent; Adams, 12.0 percent; Ottawa, 11.9 percent; Vinton, 11.6 percent; and Scioto, 11.2 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in March, unchanged from the revised February rate, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 20,400 over the month from the revised 5,197,300 in February to 5,176,900 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 406,000, up from 405,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 425,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in March 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in February, and down from 8.2 percent in March 2012.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 20,400 over the month, from a revised 5,197,300 in February 2013 to 5,176,900 in March, 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 851,300, lost 1,400 jobs over the month. Decreases in construction (-3,300) outweighed increases in manufacturing (+1,800) and mining and logging (+100). Private service-providing industries, at 3,579,300, lost 15,400 jobs. Employment decreased in leisure and hospitality (-6,000), professional and business services (-4,300), educational and health services (-3,700), other services (-1,600), and information (-500). Growth was seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+600) and financial activities (+100). Government employment, at 746,300, lost 3,600 jobs in local government (-2,000) and federal government (-1,600). State government was constant over the month.

From March 2012 to March 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment added 2,700 jobs. Goods-producing industries decreased 1,900 over the year. Construction lost 9,500 jobs. Manufacturing gained 7,200 jobs in nondurable goods (+4,200) and durable goods (+3,000). Mining and logging added 400 jobs. Private service-providing industries increased 18,800. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+14,600), professional and business services (+4,100), and financial activities (+2,800). Losses were seen in leisure and hospitality (-1,200), information (-900), and other services (-600). Trade, transportation, and utilities did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 14,200 through losses in local government (-7,700), state government (-3,900), and federal government (-2,600).

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).





With the help of the Huron County Development Council and the three "stooges" in the Commissioners' Office, Huron County will be back to #1 in unemployment in no time.


Agree #4. While the 3factorys in Norwalk left ,(Janesville, Furniture, CVG) we heard nothing from him. Lt. Fischer & the mayor did try.

Really are you ...

Ohiomeansjobs obtained, through SB1, 25 million dollars to loan to people to continue their education or job training. Hopefully if people take OMJ up on that deal, once they are done continuing their education or job training they will be able to pay the loan back. Community needs based education statewide, still nothing for Huron County.

Brock Lee

doent they count drug dealors in there numbers they workin hard


If anyone needs continuing education...Maybe they'll provide a GED program?

hit the road jack

You can not get anyone to pass a drug test in Norwalk anyway,so what ya whining about??