Huron County's 7.9% jobless rate is state's fifth worst

About 2,000 county residents out of work.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
May 28, 2014


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

That's an improvement of one spot among Ohio's 88 counties.

Of the estimated 25,700 people in Huron County's workforce, 2,000 were out of work in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

That 7.9 percent jobless rate is significantly lower than the 10.3 figure posted for March, when Huron County had the state's fourth-highest jobless rate, and the 10.9 figure for April 2013, which also represented Ohio's fifth-highest.

The ODJFS statistics, released earlier this month, show that from March to April, the county's workforce had 100 fewer people and its jobless total had 700 fewer people.

The counties surrounding Huron County all posted lower rates in April -- Seneca (4.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in March), Sandusky (5.2, down from 6.3), Ashland (5.4, down from 6.5), Erie (5.4, down from 6.7), Richland (5.8, down from 6.8), Crawford (5.9, down from 7.2) and Lorain (6.7, down from 7.6).

Among the state's 88 counties, April unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.7 percent in Monroe County. Rates decreased in all 88 counties from March.

Only three southeast counties near the West Virginia border (Monroe, 10.7 percent; Morgan, 8.6; Meigs, 8.5) and Pike County (9.0) in southwest Ohio had unemployment rates higher than Huron County.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.4 percent; Auglaize and Delaware, 3.6 percent; Union, 3.8 percent; and Hancock, 4.0 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in April, down from 6.1 percent in March. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 328,000, down 26,000 from 354,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 94,000 in the past 12 months from 422,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in April 2013.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 6.3 percent, down from 6.7 percent in March, and down from 7.5 percent in April 2013.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April, 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 875,000, added 1,200 jobs from March. Gains in manufacturing (+2,100) exceeded losses in construction (-900). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,667,900, increased 6,800. Job gains were seen in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), other services (+2,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,100), and information (+400) while employment declines occurred in educational and health services (-2,800), professional and business services (-900), and financial activities (-100). Government employment, at 754,700, added 4,600 jobs in local (+2,000), state (+1,800) and federal (+800) government.

From April 2013 to April 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment added 55,300 jobs. Goods-producing industries increased 19,700. Manufacturing gained 11,500 jobs in durable goods (+9,700) and non-durable goods (+1,800). Construction added 7,600 jobs and mining and logging employment increased 600. Private service-providing industries added 40,200 jobs over the year. Employment increased in professional and business services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+8,900), trade, transportation, and utilities (+7,500), educational and health services (+6,700), and other services (+3,100). Declines were posted in financial activities (-4,100) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 4,600 at the state (-1,900), local (-1,600), and federal (-1,100) 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).



Well this is as good as its going to get all the construction job are going.


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May get worse; heard American Baler in B'vue might be closing.


Well how is your Hope and Change working for you now ?


Just ask Johnny and his Jobs Ohio Plan!


DJIA at record high, Kasichs Ohio at record low

Same as it ever was tight tipper?


with all the jobs I see posted, I bet at least half of these numbers are lazy couch people living off the system

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And I bet you're a real idiot. Don't be pulling stupid comments out of your a$$ that are meant to hurt people. There are a lot of hard working people around this area who are down on their luck and can't find work. I sure hope you never have to experience being without a job. What a prick!


Thats a good point there are jobs out there for anyone willing to work.

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You're about as intelligent as Foodforthought. Why don't you idiots try quitting your jobs and find out how easy it is to support a family by working at McDonalds or Walmart.

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So you'd rather have someone sit on their butt at home and make the working people pay for them than someone work at McDonald's or WalMart even if it isn't great wages?

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And just so you know, it isn't just McDonald's looking for workers, there are good jobs if people want them. You can make good money at the factories, construction jobs, railroad, etc.

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Where in the hell are you idiots coming from today? People who are blessed enough to have a good job don't need to be taking pot shots at those who are struggling to support their families. Any job is better than no job, but again how can you support a family with part-time minimum wage jobs? IT CAN'T BE DONE WITHOUT ASSISTANCE. Where exactly are all the good paying factory, construction, and railroad jobs at around here? Talk about a dumbass attack.

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Mr Cranky is a little cranky it sounds like. So you can live on unemployment benefits but you can't live on a factory job wage? That doesn't make sense either. Like truckin said, maybe people should take school a little more seriously.

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Not cranky, just stating the truth. Also pointing out that people don't need to be taking cheap shots at hard workers who may be down on their luck. Do you really think it's nice to be preaching to others that are already busting their a$$es, about how there are all these great jobs around here if they look? Who is really the one with a problem? I've been very fortunate in life, but I can't help feeling bad for people when their jobs end up moving to Mexico or China.

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Who's taking cheap shots? I don't like the people that don't even try to find work and would rather just have the government pay them. I have no issue with the people actually trying to find work.


If that is all the choices you got?..
i bet you wish you would have done better in school!
The "idiots" you speak of, probably wouldn't have to settle for McD's..
Ever think of that?


Jobs are out there heres a bunch and many are good jobs.


There are jobs out there, good paying jobs, but the companies cannot find people to fill them because Number 1 the people applying cannot pass the drug test or Number 2 they don't have a driver's license. If you don't smoke pot (or do worse drugs) and you don't drink and drive, you can make an honest living with a decent wage in Huron County.


where? please name a few!...companies are leaving this town left and right! all of the good jobs in this town are family owned construction jobs or jobs that have been being ran by the same people for years who refuse to hire anyone unless its their son or nephew or cousin etc...imagine if they drug tested back in the 60s and 70s like they do today, how many of your parents or grand parents wouldn't have the jobs they have now, making it easy for all the drug using alcoholic hilljacks that work on their grandpas or daddy's or their uncles crew.what good jobs are there? ill name a few...wasiniak construction, smith paving, dauch concrete,lake erie construction, to name a few. anyone getting these jobs without knowing someone on the inside? NO! look around and see whats happening fool.


Seems to me the numbers have gone down a bit. On both ends.
Unemployed and eligible workers..
Seems no real job growth, just "eligible" have heaved the suggestions to sell some stuff and MOVE..
to find a job elsewhere..

Really are you ...

How can a middle class worker hold their head high? When this worker spends quite a few years, pay raises, affordable quality health insurance, and building a future be productive members to society when their job is taken away? Yes these people may find a job. But will have to start over and compete for a job with the recent graduation of high school seniors. Yes absolutely fair, but not. 30 to 40 year olds and older competing for jobs that pay almost what they were paying when these people were just out of high school themselves. These 30 or 40 something's have more on their plate to deal with because this is their 2nd or 3rd start over. It is just fair.

When I first entered the work force the old timers were knowledgable and would show you the ropes. From what you knew and what the old timers showed you, you would become very sufficient in what you were doing. Now looking for a new job people younger than yourself are the old timers. With no willingness to change the process or try new ideas offered by the new hires, but older workers, creates conflict.

I could go on, but maybe later.


@ really are you....very well said, i like being able to read an intelligent thought every now and then!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Really are you... - so are you saying that older workers create conflict? I sure hope I'm misunderstanding you. Just because younger workers may have new ideas, it doesn't mean they're any good. I can't stand the young pups who want to set the world on fire in the workplace. They're often wreck less and more prone to accidents than the experienced reliable workers. Older workers also tend to stay put, versus the young people who hop from one job to the next. I could go on, but maybe later.


Man you can't comprehend..
Really@ is talking about the new job which one may get is usually at a place that normally was filled with younger crowd workers (probably because of lower wage unskilled)and they are not very helpful to the new workers..
Like the "old timers"...meaning seasoned workers are rude now a days

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Truckin, I said I might not be understanding the message correctly and that's my fault if I misunderstood. We all know that middle aged workers are discriminated against during the hiring process, and I've seen a lot of those cases happen. However, I think it's insulting to be saying how the seasoned workers are not helpful and rude.


YES....the younger "seasoned" employee at a place is MUCH more non-likely to show a new - (older) employee the ropes..
a generation of me me me.

Really are you ...



Yea, and it will get worse .

Sitting In The ...

Why would any businesses want to come to Huron county?