Huron Co. jobless rate at 6.7%

Local rate is 13th worst in state.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 29, 2014


Huron County's unemployment rate dropped by more than a percentage point last month, and its ranking fell eight spots among Ohio's 88 counties.

Of the estimated 26,100 people in Huron County's workforce, 1,700 were out of work in May, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). That ranks the county No. 13 in the state.

That 6.7 percent jobless rate is lower than the 7.9 figure posted for April, when Huron County had the state's fifth-highest jobless rate, and the 9.2 figure for May 2013, which represented Ohio's 14th-highest.

Among the state's 88 counties, May 2014 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.8 percent in Monroe County. From April, county unemployment rates decreased in 55 counties, increased in 13 and were unchanged in 20.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 4 percent. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.5 percent; Auglaize, 3.6 percent; Delaware, 3.7 percent; Union, 3.9 percent; and Hancock, 4.0 percent.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.5 percent. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Pike, 8.4 percent; Meigs, 7.9 percent; Scioto and Morgan, 7.7 percent; and Jefferson 7.5 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in May 2014, down from 5.7 percent in April 2014. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 2,900 over the month, from a revised 5,295,400 in April to 5,298,300 in May.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 317,000, down 11,000 from 328,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 108,000 in the past 12 months from 425,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.4 percent in May 2013.

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

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 2,900 over the month, from a revised 5,295,400 in April to 5,298,300 in May, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 874,300, decreased 600 from April. Construction lost 3,600 jobs. Manufacturing and mining and logging gained 2,900 and 100 jobs respectively. The private service-providing sector, at 3,669,600, increased 3,600. Job gains were seen in professional and business services (+6,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,300), other services (+900), financial activities (+400), and information (+200) while employment declines occurred in leisure and hospitality (-4,300) and educational and health services (-900). Government employment, at 754,400, lost 100 jobs. Losses in local (-1,600) and federal (-200) government surpassed gains in state government (+1,700).

From May 2013 to May 2014, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 46,800. Goods-producing industries added 15,200 jobs. Manufacturing gained 11,700 jobs in durable goods (+11,800) although non-durable goods (-100) posted a small loss. Construction added 2,800 jobs. Mining and logging employment increased 700. The private service-providing sector increased 35,000. The most significant gain occurred in professional and business services (+20,100). Also showing improvement were trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,900), educational and health services (+5,300), other services (+5,100), and leisure and hospitality (+2,600). Over-the-year declines occurred in financial activities (-4,200) and information (-800). Government employment decreased 3,400. Losses in local (-2,600) and federal (-900) government exceeded a small gain in state government (+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).




We can thank those 3 hard working politicians in the county office building who work so hard claiming the small accomplishments of others, and mostly making sure their retirements are padded. Next we can thank the county economic development council and their representatives that have gone out and successfully solicited so much business to the area. Unfortunately, in this county, we have the blind leading the lame. Until we get politicians who are more concerned with the county than their own retirements, we will continue to be one of the highest unemployed counties in the state. Of course another problem is this county gets what it pays for in the form of economic expertise.


How about the people that just don't want to work, I know for a fact that Norwalk Concrete is hiring and all they have gotten in applicants is a 70 year and a felon. So much for the people wanting to work.

Dr. Information

Take a look no further than this paper. Dozens of different people each and every week being caught with illegal drugs that are not working. These people need food, shelter, clothes...etc. Where do you think that money comes from? Welfare and until there are stipulations on welfare and or monthly drug testing, its not going to get any better.


No employer in their right mind would hire a druggie and/or a person with a criminal record; I would think the insurance would be too high.

Welfare drug testing is a good idea , but I don't think it's affordable , either.

I'm all for limiting the amount of kids allowed on welfare, no more than two, that's it for life.

Those resources would be better spent on people who actually worked and paid into that system.


That wont ever happen, that would kill the democrats voting base.

Dr. Information

@starr. This is where this nation is failing. There is always the sob story, or feel bad for someone mentality so we continue to just hand things out.

To correct an issue one has to stand their ground, face the public and do what is right.

This notion that we must keep handing things out for free with no consequences because we do not want to upset anyone is crazy.

I would rather see my tax dollars paying for 2-3 authorized personnel to stand in a bathroom and watch welfare recipients pee and know that they are not using OUR TAX MONEY on drugs, than to keep the same status quo with our broken system.

Drugs in your body = a 20% cut in your welfare for 3 months for 1st offense.
2nd offense 40% cut.
Only after 3 consecutive months of clean urine will your welfare return to normal.
3rd offense and you get no more welfare.

Its time to toughen up the laws and stop feeling sorry for people who consistently make bad decisions over and over again.

Same with children as mentioned above. Welfare checks should not increase after 2 children.

Stop the welfare madness, its ruining this country.

Mollydog's picture

I agree but a hair test is better and dropping greatly in price. Pee test can be "washed down" by use of different items.


Kasich's Jobs Ohio is really delivering isnt it!


Re: "Kasich's Jobs Ohio"

CNBC's annual "Best States for Business" moved OH up 10 spots to 18th.

OH unemployment rate:

Gov. Strickland, Dec. 2011 - 7.8%

Gov. Kasich, May 2014 - 5.5%

Pop quiz: Which one is better?


Kinda like the first day Obama was President gas was 1.84 right?

Nevermind the other days just use that snapshot to justify a skewed angle.


Still have that tingle running up your leg aye? As your messiah gets beotch slapped by the SCOTUS once again for trying to be king!


Re: "Kinda like the first day Obama was President gas was 1.84 right?"

"Ohio Gas Prices Drop as Fourth of July Week Starts"

Mr. Kasich's obviously is doin' something right.

Be thankful for the good news.