The most recent data provided by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services shows Ohio’s unemployment remaining unchanged at 5.5%, with the number of unemployed dropping by only 1000, from 317,000 to 316,000, from May to June of this year. The U.S. rate saw improvement, dropping from 6.3% to 6.1% in the same time frame.
Throughout the state, job growth was seen in professional and business services (+5000); education and health services (+4700); state government (+4400); manufacturing (+3700); trade transportation and utilities (+3300); leisure and hospitality (+1800); mining and logging (+200); and federal government (+100). These gains just offset losses in local government (-7500); other services (-1900); construction (-700); financial activities (-300); and information (-100).
The unchanging state employment statistics, however, do not seem consistent with local figures, which show 85 of Ohio’s 88 counties having increasing unemployment rates. Locally, Fulton County’s unemployment rose significantly from 5.1% in May to 6.0% in June. Williams County also saw a rise, moving from 5.0% in May to 5.6% in June. Fulton and Williams Counties also saw a dropping in statewide rankings over the month with Fulton County dropping 21 spots from 48th to 27th and Williams County from 51st to 49th.
Statewide, unemployment ranged from a low of 3.3% in Mercer County to a high of 11.7% in Monroe County. Counties with the lowest rates included Mercer (3.3%), Holmes (3.9%), Auglaize (4.0%), Delaware (4.1%), Putnam (4.4%), Union (4.4%), and Hancock (4.5%). Counties with the highest rates included Monroe (11.7%), Meigs (8.9%), Pike (8.7%), Morgan (8.6%), and Scioto (8.3%).
With a rise in numbers in 85 counties but almost zero change in the state numbers, one can only speculate that the remaining three counties must have experienced significant growth to offset the losses experienced through the rest of the state.
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 monthly statistical analysis it is based upon are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm.