According to the most recent data released by Job and Family Services, both Williams and Fulton Counties saw a slight rise in their number of unemployed from August to September. In that time frame, Williams County’s unemployment grew from 3.7% to 4.0%. Fulton County’s unemployment rate grew from 3.9% to 4.1% in that same time frame.
The statewide unemployment rate, however, fell from a revised 4.6% to 4.5% over the month. The number of unemployed also decreased to 265,000, down 11,000 from 254,000 in September and down from 305,000 twelve months ago.
46 of Ohio’s 88 counties saw a rise in unemployment while 11 saw a decline and 31 remained unchanged. Counties with the lowest rates included Mercer (2.8%); Holmes (3.0%); Delaware (3.1%); Auglaize, Hancock; and Wyandot (3.2%); Putnam and Union (3.3%); Madison (3.4%); and Wayne (3.5%). Those with the highest rates included Monore (8.4%), Meigs (6.8%), Scioto (6.7%), and Jefferson (6.6%).
The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1% from August to September.
Job gains in the last month were see in leisure and hospitality (+6600), education and health services (+4900), financial activities (+2200), state government (+1300), other services (+300), and information (+100). Losses were seen in local government (-15,100); manufacturing (-3900); trade, transportation, and utilities (-3200); construction (-800); professional and business services (-700); federal government (-200); and mining and logging (-100).
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
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