The most recent data provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows a slight rise in unemployment from June to July. Ohio’s unemployment rate rose from 5.5% to 5.7%, with 7000 more Ohioans unemployed, over that time frame. The number of unemployed has decreased by 110,000 in the past 12 months from 433,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.5 percent in July 2013. The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent in June, and down from 7.3 percent in July 2013.
Likewise, both Fulton and Williams County also saw some increase in their number of unemployed. Fulton County rose from 6.0% in June to 6.1% in July while Williams County rose from 5.6% to 5.7%. These changes move Fulton County from the 27th to the 36th position, and Williams County from the 49th to the 50th, position in the state ranking used to compare unemployment rates across the state. The state ranking lists counties with the highest unemployment rates for the month ranked first. With unemployment rates increasing in 73 of Ohio’s 88 counties, Fulton County’s improvement in the ranking can be attributed to other counties seeing higher rate increases.
Statewide, unemployment ranged from a low of 3.3 % in Mercer County to a high of 12.2% in Monroe County. Counties in Ohio with the lowest rates included Mercer (3.3%), Holmes (3.9%), Auglaize (4.1%), and Delaware (4.3%). Counties with the highest rates included Monroe (12.2%), Meigs (9.4%), Huron (8.9%), Morgan (8.8%), Scioto (8.5%), and Jefferson (8.0%).
Throughout the state, job growth was seen in local government (+6900); trade, transportation, and utilities (+1000); and construction (+600). However, these gains were offset by losses in state government (-5300), professional and business services (-4200), education and health services (-3700), manufacturing (-2900), leisure and hospitality (-2900), other services (-1400), information (-200), and financial activities (-200).
Ohioans wishing to learn more about unemployment benefits or who are in search of a job can visit www.ohiomeansjobs.com. The information in this article and the monthlystatistical analysis it is based upon are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm