Huron County's employment picture has improved.
After having the state's fifth-worth jobless rate at 10.3 percent in April, Huron County shaved nearly 1 1/2 percentage points off that mark in May and dropped to 14th on the dubious list, according to the most recent statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
The statistics reveal that 2,400 of the 27,100 people -- or 8.9 percent -- in the county's estimated workforce are unemployed. That's nearly 2 percent higher than the state's average.
Among the state's 88 counties, May 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.9 percent in Pike County. Rates rose in 55 of the 88 counties statewide.
Five counties had unemployment rates below 5.5 percent in May. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were: Holmes, 4.7 percent; Delaware, 4.9 percent; Auglaize, 5.1 percent; and Union, 5.2 percent.
Meanwhile, six counties had unemployment rates above 10 percent in May. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike, were: Meigs, 11.1 percent; Scioto, 11.0 percent; Adams, 10.6 percent; Jefferson, 10.3 percent; and Morgan, 10.1 percent.
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in May 2013, unchanged from April, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 32,100 over the month, from a revised 5,181,800 in April to 5,213,900 in May.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 405,000, up from 400,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 420,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in May 2012.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 7.6 percent, up slightly from 7.5 percent in April and down from 8.2 percent in May 2012.
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 32,100 over the month, from a revised 5,181,800 in April 2013 to 5,213,900 in May, 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 856,300, gained 4,700 jobs over the month. Increases were seen in construction (+3,900) and manufacturing (+800), while employment in mining and logging was unchanged. Private service-providing industries, at 3,604,200, gained 20,200 jobs. Employment increased in professional and business services (+7,300), educational and health services (+6,700), leisure and hospitality (+5,800), financial activities (+900), and other services (+100). Employment declined in trade, transportation, and utilities (-300) and information (-300). Government employment, at 753,400, increased 7,200 with gains at the local (+6,300), state (+600), and federal (+300) levels.
From May 2012 to May 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 33,200. Goods-producing industries increased 4,100 over the year. Construction lost 4,200 jobs. Manufacturing gained 8,200 jobs in durable goods (+4,800) and nondurable goods (+3,400). Mining and logging added 100 jobs. Private service-providing industries increased 34,700. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+17,500), leisure and hospitality (+11,500), professional and business services (+2,400), financial activities (+2,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,400), and other services (+1,000). Information lost 1,200 jobs over the year. Government employment decreased 5,600 through losses at the state (-3,400), federal (-2,100), and local (-100) levels.