Huron County has state's 5th worst jobless rate

We're one of 20 that didn't see a decrease in amount of jobless residents; Unemployment rate also higher than last year at this time.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Aug 22, 2013


Huron County now has the state's fifth-worst jobless rate.

The county rose eight spots in that dubious category, according to most recent statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

Of the 27,500 people in Huron County's estimated workforce, 3,000 -- or 11 percent -- were unemployed in July.

In June, Huron County had a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, ranking it 13th among Ohio's 88 counties.

Jobless rates declined in 68 of the 88 counties. Huron County, however, was one of the 20 whose rates didn't decline, instead experiencing a nearly 1 1/2 percent increase in the amount of people out of work.

Huron County's current rate also is higher than July 2012, when 10.4 percent of the county's eligible workers were unemployed.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in July 2013, unchanged from June. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,300 over the month, from a revised 5,205,600 in June to 5,210,900 in July.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 416,000, up 3,000 from 413,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 1,000 in the past 12 months from 415,000.

The July unemployment rate for Ohio also was unchanged from 7.2 percent in July 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 7.4 percent, down from 7.6 percent in June and from 8.2 percent in July 2012.

Among the state's 88 counties, July 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Meigs County. Rates declined in 68 of the 88 counties statewide.

Six counties had unemployment rates below 6.0 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.9 percent; Delaware, 5.2 percent; Auglaize, 5.3 percent; and Geauga and Union, 5.8 percent.

Meanwhile, five counties had unemployment rates at or above 11.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Meigs were: Pike, 12.1 percent; Scioto, 11.1 percent; and Huron and Morgan, 11.0 percent.

(NOTE - To see the full list of county rates and other related statistics, click on the links at the bottom of this story.)

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,300 from a revised 5,205,600 in June 2013 to 5,210,900 in July, 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 852,000, lost 500 jobs over the month. Job declines in construction

(-3,100) outweighed job gains in manufacturing (+2,400) and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,612,800, gained 9,100 jobs. Employment increased in leisure and hospitality (+4,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,500), other services (+2,100), educational and health services (+1,400), and financial activities (+800). Losses occurred in information (-1,200) and professional and business services (-1,000). Government employment, at 746,100, decreased 3,300 as declines in local (-3,900) and federal (-500) government offset gains in state government (+1,100).

From July 2012 to July 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 37,700. Goods-producing industries added 1,800 jobs over the year. Manufacturing gained 8,200 jobs in durable goods (+6,000) and non-durable goods (+2,200). Construction and mining and logging lost 6,300 and 100 jobs respectively. The private service-providing sector added 45,700 jobs. The most significant gains were posted in educational and health services (+20,800) and leisure and hospitality (+14,600). Also showing gains were professional and business services (+6,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,500), and other services (+2,300). Employment losses occurred in information (-2,400) and financial activities (-600). Government employment declined 9,800 as losses in local (-8,700) and federal (-2,500) government exceeded gains in state government (+1,400).

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).



seems like a lot of people have gotten fat and lazy or on drugs.

hit the road jack

Looks to me that the counties with the hillbillies are the worst for unemployment.

Scranton Tibbs

Nobody in those counties can pass a drug test in order to get a job.

Cliff Cannon

The " Reflector " has in fact, a pretty decent amount of ads in the 'help wanted' section. Of course, a number of those jobs pay do not pay as well as welfare.

So perhaps,welfare should/could cut their payment plans as a way to bring down unemployment. Of course, the other thing that would help unemployment rates is paraphrasing " Scranton Tibbs " here; drug testing for welfare benefits . After all, if you have to pass a drug test to work. Shouldn't welfare have the requirement ?


2/3 of drug addicts are employed. Look up the stats on how long it takes for the hardcore drugs to stay in your system. What a drug test does is disqualify most people who smoke marijuana but leaves the heroin and crack junkies employed until they can no longer function to work. The hardcore users can pass a drug test while the guy or gal who wants to smoke some pot on the weekend gets busted. I'm not saying I agree with smoking pot I believe in following the law or working to get it changed if you don't like it, but the law and our drug screening processes are severely skewed. The cost alone for drug screening is prohibitive not to mention the ramifications to the children of the people who can't pass the test. How will they feed their children? I know that it is their responsibility to figure it out but we are not hurting them we are hurting the innocents by forcing drug testing on welfare recipients.

Cliff Cannon

@uncommoncents: You have a well chosen you user name as you --in my opinion demonstrate " uncommoncents " in this commentary.

I for one had no idea hardcore drug users could pass drug tests while pot smokers were the ones, who always flunked the drug tests.

Personally, as I've written before. I believe what William Buckley wrote so long ago. Legalize pot. Then tax the dung out of it. That takes profits from drug dealers, which in turn can used to fund more cops, lower other taxes ,allow farmers to profit from growing it, etc.

Bottom lines; Buckley believed our consumption, like Holland's did when it legalized pot, would fall. Our tax coffers would be much fuller. Then I would add this; At that point criminalize alcohol, because that legal demon ( and I drink beer) destroys more lives, I think, Than any other demon out there. It just does it slower (and legally)

Having said that. As you note the law is the law. So obviously, we must deal with what we have. As for the welfare children who would suffer from lost benefits because their parents are irresponsible.That would put those children in the same boat as my kids were.

Because I am a truck driver that has been subject to random tests since 1991. We fail a test, we lose our job. So I still think welfare cases should abide by the same rules as I do. That hopefully, would or rather,should increase personal responsibility a great deal

Thanks again for always being thought provoking in your comments and here's hoping a lot of people are streaking for " Poly one " right now to answer their 'help wanted ' signs




If these people can't pass a drug test for work or welfare they shouldn't be allowed to own or operate any vehicle, either.


Here is the growing problem in Huron County. Our judicial system has made it a haven for drug users and abusers to reside in. Get caught once....slap on the wrist. Twice? Slap on the wrist and probation. 3rd time? Slap on the wrist, a few days in jail and maybe some state funded treatment. 4th time? Probation, and some Christian based treatment. Break your probation during anyone of those stints above? More probation with a promise to be good.

So now Huron county is flooded with so many junkies that NOBODY wants to nor can hire. These people can't pass simple urine tests to keep clean for a job, so the outcome is a county full of junkies who won't be hired and are collecting off the government.

Bravo Huron County....Bravo.


Huron County does not write the laws!! We elect officials who do this. Our judicial system follows and obeys the laws written.


Yea,that is the sad part,everyday some one is passing another law in D.C. or Columbus to control us and our freedom.Most of us given the chance would not approve.