Huron County jobless rate is 4th highest in state

Rates in surrounding counties are significantly lower.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 7, 2014


Huron County has the state's fourth-highest unemployment rate.

According to the most recent data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Huron County had a 10.4 percent unemployment rate in March. Of the estimated 25,800 people in the county's workforce, about 2,700 are out of work. That equates to a 10.4 jobless rate.

The current rate, although it ranks fourth among Ohio's 88 counties, is lower than the 11.5 percent mark posted in February (the fifth-highest in Ohio) and the 12.4 mark from March 2013 (also the fourth-highest at the time).

The counties surrounding Huron County all posted significantly lower rates -- Seneca (6.1 percent), Sandusky (6.3), Ashland (6.5), Erie (6.7), Richland (6.8), Crawford (7.2) and Lorain (7.6).

Only two southeast counties near the West Virginia border and Pike County in southwest Ohio had unemployment rates higher than Huron County.

The state jobless rate checked in at 6.1 percent, which was below the national rate of 6.7 percent.

In Ohio, March 2014 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.5 percent in Monroe County. Rates decreased in all 88 counties from February.

Eight counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.0 percent in March. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware and Holmes, 4.1 percent; Auglaize, 4.2 percent; Union, 4.6 percent; Hancock, 4.7 percent; Franklin, 4.9 percent; and Logan, 5.0 percent.

Six counties had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent in March. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Morgan and Pike, 10.8 percent; Huron, 10.4 percent; and Meigs and Ottawa, 10.2 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in March 2014, down from 6.5 percent in February, according to the ODJFS. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 353,000, down 24,000 from 377,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 68,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in March 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 6.7 percent, unchanged from February, and down from 7.5 percent in March 2013.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, from a revised 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 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 873,800, added 1,000 jobs from February. Gains in construction (+4,600) were partially offset by losses in manufacturing (-3,500) and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,658,900, increased 2,800. Job gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (+4,800), professional and business services (+3,200), and educational and health services (+2,400). Losses occurred in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,900), other services (-1,600), financial activities (-900), and information (-200). Government employment, at 750,200, decreased 3,200. Local and federal government lost 3,500 and 100 jobs respectively, while state government added 400 jobs.

From March 2013 to March 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 53,600. Goods-producing industries increased 18,300. Manufacturing gained 9,800 jobs in durable goods (+8,600) and non-durable goods (+1,200). Construction added 7,800 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 700. Private service-providing industries added 41,900 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+24,000), leisure and hospitality (+11,000), educational and health services (+10,900), other services (+1,200), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,100). Over-the-year employment declines occurred in financial activities (-3,700) and information (-2,600). Government employment decreased 6,600 at the local (-2,700), state (-2,400), and federal (-1,500) levels.

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).



Isn't that something..
Right smack in the middle of the rust belt path and such high unemployment??
Only losing out to counties which have more farm animals than people..

CrankyBalls's picture

It's sad but true.


Reason why?
must be something in the water..... not too many very bright... all i can figure


I'm pretty sure Lorain and Erie counties have more people than farm animals. And with bigger cities like Elyria and Lorain city, you'd think there would be more vacant rust-belt factories and out-of-work people than here. Why is Huron County's rate so much higher than the neighbors?


Have you noticed how many businesses have closed in the recent years? And many more scheduled to.....


Its all in the leadership, we need to stop electing politicians and find some real leaders who can get something going in this county.


and yet we manage to keep raising taxes


With hard work and dedication, we can be number 1...


To listen to the proponents of the Norwalk school levy increase:

Passage of the property tax increase = better educated students = increased employer interest in the community.

Obviously, the solution for this low unemployment rate is: Increase county taxes.


Can't you see, it's working already....

believe it

There are jobs available, MTD in Willard has been putting out ads for jobs for a long time now. Either no one is filling them or people are failing the drug tests. Go look at the help wanted pages of different papers, there are jobs. Are all of them $50,000/year jobs with awesome benefits? No obviously not but at least it's somewhere to start and to get people off the unemployment.


Don't they hire through a temp service? If that's the case, no wonder they can't get anybody in there...

believe it

Yes a lot are through temp but there have also been plenty posted on their own website too.


I know right now the Cafeteria is hiring. 7 paid holidays, 1 week vacation after 1 year, 2 after 3, no nights or weekends. Starts at like I think $9. I have a friend that knows one of the cooks. They put 3 adds in the Willard papers and got less than 10 people to apply. 3,000 people outta work and no one wants a job. I guess Uncle Sam is paying them to well.


People expect to be paid $20/hr. starting wage or they won't work. Yeah, it may be an exaggeration, but not by much. I've known people to turn to turn down $12 -15 /per hour.

I know when my one plant closed ; I HAD to take a job paying much lower than what I was making previously . I had no choice.

It was either that or nothing, since there was no such thing as 99 weeks unemployment , then.


You are 100% correct. I have had positions open for a while making over 16 and hour and hardly any applicants. And the ones I do get cant pass a damn drug test. Why work when the government keeps extending unemployment benefits.


It's a shame that I have to pee in a cup to get a job, pee in a cup every so often to keep my job, to make money to give to the people that don't have to pee in a cup to get that free check every month....


Yep, you guys are correct ; I forgot to post about the druggies.

Kottage Kat

Went from 20/hr to 8/he. No complaints, paid the bills and got me off the Dole which being on I hated.
But then I was old and my work ethic was different than the younger folks today.

Really are you ...

As to MTD, been there tried that. An outside agency to get in, then there was an in house temp agency that did not talk with outside temp agency. If you got past the 90 days, you had to prove your worthiness by working 3 different lines on 3 different shifts. That in itself chases people away. What were you trying to accomplish in that 90 day window? Wasn't that worthy enough?

With factories flying out of here and local business shutting down, it is a sad situation. Some people dedicated a good portion of their life to make that establishment the success it is or was. Then there are the people who have had to start over at the bottom for one of these now closing places because they were dislocated from the closure of a previous job. It is an unexceptable blow the middle class has to endure. For example, CVG left for Mexico. Mexico's craftsmanship was so poor that CVG relocated to where? Southern Ohio. CVG should have taken their lumps and stayed here in Norwalk. Under the bank owned Mayflower that facility was turning a profit. But banks make money by not holding properties.

How many times are people suppose to start over? I am soon to be on my third start over. Having grown up in Norwalk, the majority of the adults I had known growing up were employed by IPC, Sheller Globe, Norwalk Furniture, and Janesville. Who would have thought that 25 years ago that these places would go bankrupt or uproot and leave. This is why taxes are being pushed for increase. Loss of tax revenue from these places.

I am really not looking forward to having to start over again. There seems to be a lack of family wage factory jobs or careers in Norwalk. And what makes this whole situation even worse is the fact that I can turn around this 4th place unemployment. I posted a New Years Resolution in the Sandusky Register to make this free from external influence generator and setup shop in Norwalk or drop it by New Years day 2015.


Whirlpool also does their hiring through a temp agency, as is the case with many industrial positions. This makes it difficult and time consuming, if not, all but impossible to gain a permanent position with good pay and benefits.


Where is our savior Terry Boose? I've done some looking and I think he's been in Columbus giving our money away to his private business friends that are NOT in Huron County. And why hasn't there been a push to fix the drug problems so we can have prospective employees that can pass a drug test? I think it's time that our career politicians find a new job in the private sector. Mr. Boose, and our county commissioners have wasted our time and money for too long with no results!


WRONG... where is it the government... AKA my MONEY.. responsible to get people clean? for a job...
answer... do it or don't eat... try and take, get punished or worse yet???.
but aka my MONEY keeps providing the funds in excess.. which allows for food shelter and some spare..
so stick your answer of..."Throw more MONEY at every problem" way up in the backside


Yes believe it MTD is hiring. Know Doug M. or Denish R? They are in management @ MTD. Bet they would tell you (if they are honest) that is shameful the way the Temp services uses the people. How many hired get to be long term? On a bright note; thank goodness our elected official got the farm bill passed. Why should landed gentry ever suffer?

believe it

I've got 3 friends that picked up full time status with benefits there over the last few weeks. They are extremely happy about it.


You can't expect to off-shore 12,000,000 jobs and it NOT have a bad affect. You can't expect to allow "X" number of illegal immigrants into our country and it NOT have bad affect. You can't expect to continue to lower corporate taxes and NOT have a bad affect.
We are losing our tax base, people's dignity and so much more. Crime and drug use are bound to rise, infrastructure decline and middle income worker's taxes rise.
The Oligarchs are living well just like in Russia.
I'm fed up with it all.


Re: "You can't expect to off-shore 12,000,000 jobs and it NOT have a bad affect."

Outdated info.

Due to increased wages and transportation costs, many mfgers are "reshoring."

As a percentage of GDP, mfging has not changed appreciably for several decades.

What has changed is increased automation and increased productivity.

The need is for a highly skilled, high tech labor force, not low skilled, highly paid positions.