Huron County's employment situation has improved -- at least according to state officials.
After posting the state's fifth-worst jobless rate in July, Huron County dropped 10 spots to 15, according to the most recent statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
Of the 27,400 people in Huron County's estimated workforce, 2,400 -- or 8.6 percent -- were unemployed in August. That's a sharp improvement from July, when 3,000 of the 27,500 people (11 percent) in the estimated workforce were jobless.
So, according to ODJFS figures, 600 people went back to work last month in Huron County. (NOTE - A story about this subject, including comments from local officials, will be published in Friday's Norwalk Reflector.)
In June, Huron County had a 9.6 percent unemployment rate, ranking it 13th among Ohio's 88 counties. In August 2012, the county's rate checked in at 8.1 percent.
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in August, up from 7.2 percent in July, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 8,200 over the month, from a revised 5,208,800 in July to 5,200,600 in August.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 419,000, up 3,000 from 416,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 410,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 7.2 percent in August 2012.
The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 7.3 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July and from 8.1 percent in August 2012.
Among the state's 88 counties, August 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.0 percent in Pike County. Rates declined in 86 of the 88 counties statewide.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.5 percent in August. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.6 percent; Delaware, 5.1 percent; Auglaize, 5.2 percent; and Geauga and Union, 5.5 percent.
Meanwhile, seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 10.0 percent in August. The counties with the highest rates, other than Pike were: Meigs, 11.8 percent; Scioto, 10.8 percent; Adams, 10.3 percent; Morgan, 10.2 percent; and Jefferson and Monroe, 10.0 percent.
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 8,200 over the month, from a revised 5,208,800 in July 2013 to 5,200,600 in August, 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 843,600, lost 4,700 jobs over the month. Jobs decreased in manufacturing (-2,500), construction (-2,100), and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,608,800, lost 5,600 jobs. Employment decreased in leisure and hospitality (-7,100), educational and health services (-6,300), other services (-900), and information (-500). Gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,900), professional and business services (+3,900), and financial activities (+400). Government employment, at 748,200, increased 2,100. Local and federal government added 2,100 and 400 jobs respectively. State government lost 400 jobs.
From August 2012 to August 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 32,500. Goods-producing industries decreased 3,000 over the year. Construction lost 6,100 jobs. Manufacturing gained 3,100 jobs in durable goods (+2,600) and nondurable goods (+500). Mining and logging did not change. The private service-providing sector added 42,800 jobs. Gains were posted in educational and health services (+13,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (+12,200), professional and business services (+9,900), leisure and hospitality (+7,400), other services (+2,100), and financial activities (+400). Information decreased 2,300. Government lost 7,300 jobs. Losses in local (-6,500) and federal (-1,900) government exceeded gains in state government (+1,100).
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).