Huron County's jobless rate stays in double digits

It's now 6th worst among Ohio's 88 counties.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jan 31, 2014


Huron County continues to creep up the state's list of counties with the highest unemployment rate.

Of the estimated 26,100 people in Huron County's projected labor force in December, 2,800 were unemployed, according to statistics released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

That 10.8 percent jobless figure ranks Huron County sixth among Ohio's 88 counties in that dubious category.

The current figure is higher than 10.1 percent mark posted in November, when Huron County ranked eighth in the state. It's also slightly higher than December 2012, when the county had a 10.4 jobless rate.

Among the state's 88 counties, December 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 14.6 percent in Monroe County. Rates decreased in 75 of the 88 counties.

Five counties had unemployment rates below 5.0 percent in December. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 4.3 percent; Auglaize and Delaware, 4.6 percent; and Union, 4.8 percent.

Meanwhile, eight counties had unemployment rates above 10 percent in December. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Pike, 11.7 percent; Ottawa, 11.5 percent; Morgan, 11.1 percent; Meigs, 10.9 percent; Huron and Scioto, 10.8 percent; and Adams, 10.5.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in December 2013, down from 7.4 percent in November, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 5,000 over the month, from a revised 5,195,600 in November to 5,200,600 in December.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 416,000, down 11,000 from 427,000 in November. The number of unemployed has increased by 31,000 in the past 12 months from 385,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.7 percent in December 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent in November and from 7.9 percent in December 2012.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,000 over the month, from 5,195,600 in November 2013 to 5,200,600 in December, 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 852,700, gained 5,600 jobs over the month. Job gains were seen in construction (+4,000), manufacturing (+1,400), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,607,900, lost 200 jobs. Employment declines in educational and health services (-3,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-1,500), information (-400), financial activities (-200), and other services (-200) exceeded gains in professional and business services (+3,400) and leisure and hospitality (+2,400). Government employment, at 740,000, lost 400 jobs. Employment declines in state government (-700) exceeded gains in federal government (+200) and local government (+100).

From December 2012 to December 2013, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 25,600. Goods-producing industries added 5,200 jobs. Manufacturing added 4,900 jobs in durable goods (+4,500) and non-durable goods (+400). Mining and logging gained 700 jobs, while construction lost 400. The private service-providing sector added 29,900 jobs. Job gains were posted in educational and health services (+11,500), professional and business services (+10,800), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,600), leisure and hospitality (+5,700), and other services (+200). Job declines were seen in information (-3,000) and financial activities (-2,900). Government lost 9,500 jobs over the year through losses in local government (-7,800) and federal government (-1,800). State government posted a small increase (+100).


Ben Crazy

This must be a mistake! Obama said he fixed this!


Strange. On a local level a certain person stated things also. Did their effort garner anything for the populace? Same person do anything prior to our present CIC when local factories were leaving Huron County? (hint Obama was not elected yet) This county sadly has led the state in the highest unemployment.

Kobayashi Maru

I thought the Airport was supposed to bring us all these jobs, right Propman and Windy?


I thought the racetrack was the one supplying all the jobs. Oh wait, they only have 7 full-time and 400 part-time employees for only a few weekends of activity a year. If the Huron County Commissioners hadn't played games back when Norwalk was interested in developing the airport, things would be very different today.


Boy I get tired of repeating this for you: any one of those "few weekends" brings more money to Huron County than the airport has in its entire lifetime. Windy is either very ill informed or he's just lying.


This is your OPINION. I have seen a list of well over 100 local businesses (including the racetrack) that benefit directly from the airport. I have not seen a single list of the businesses that benefit directly from the racetrack. Back up your statements with actual FACTS and I may consider them. Until then, you are just a$$uming.


Roger you are ill informed due to your being willfully blind.
Those that use the airport for business gain year round from their access to it.
How much cash does the use of the airport bring into the county just from the increased productivity of the farmers who use the cropduster that bases out of the airport to service them?


And now Kmart! C'mon Huron County and Norwalk. You can do! We need to have the distinction of being the worst!!


Wonder how U-Haul's business is doin'?




If I was business the first thing I would do is read the local paper, Now I ask you, if you read the paper and every story was drugs and robbery and pervs would you bring your company here? I wouldnt.


Re: "drugs and robbery and pervs,"

However, that is not uncommon for most American cities today.

When moving elsewhere, I like to drive around through the residential & commercial areas.

If I see too many "For Sale" signs or dilapidated houses & rundown or boarded-up commercial properties - I move on.

I look for economic vibrancy, e.g. new construction, well-maintained real estate properties, lotsa parents with children, et. al.


In Norwalk you would see both dilapidated houses and buildings and new construction and well kept real estate. So what call would you make?


Re: "In Norwalk (snip)"

How disproportional are the contrasts?

Would you use the term 'vibrant' in describing the local economy?


That's because every factory and business around us is slowly closing on us. I expect the crime rate to go up when people get desparate and the ones that saved and can afford it will move.


All comments expunged regarding the K-Mart closing?

Remember: Only be complimentary in writing about the outstanding job of the NEDC and the exemplary work of the Mayor Duncan admin.


The nut less wonder speaks. I'm sure youre salivating waiting for the comment board to open back up on the Kmart article. Had to come on an entirely different article and comment. Couldn't take it. Self combustion. Must make comment about mayor. It was either Duncan or Obama's fault.


Re: "The (snip)"

How relevant will it be when the Janesville, EPIC and K-Mart layoffs are eventually added to the county's unemployment numbers?


No big surprise every winter construction companies lay off for the winter. Along with which ever factories close or lay off people. To those always wining on here about the mayor, did you really think he was going to bring jobs here in the first place??


agreed..however the construction people going back will even with janesville epic and batesville leaving..oh yes add kmart now