Meigs, Gallia unemployment rates fall


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



OHIO VALLEY — There may be a little bit of good news on the unemployment front as far as Meigs and Gallia counties are concerned.

After several months ranked as the county with the second highest unemployment in the state, Meigs county has dropped into a tie for third in the highest unemployment rate.

In September, Meigs County saw an unemployment rate of 7.7 percent, placing it second only to Monroe County.

With the October figures released this week, Meigs County’s rate fell to 7.1 percent, placing it in a tie with Jackson County for the third highest rate in the state.

Gallia County also saw a drop in the unemployment rate, going from 6.5 percent in September to 5.8 percent in October.

Monroe County remains the highest in the state at 9.1 percent followed by Noble County at 7.5 percent.

Counties with unemployment rates at or above 7 percent include, Jefferson, Noble, Morgan, Pike, Scioto, Jackson, Meigs and Monroe.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October 2016, up from 4.8 percent in September. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 280,000, up 5,000 from 275,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past year from 265,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the October 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.9 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in September 2016 and October 2015.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October, 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 907,500, added 6,400 jobs in manufacturing (plus-3,500), construction (plus-2,500), and mining and logging (plus-400).

The private service-providing sector, at 3,809,900, lost 6,000 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (minus-5,000), trade, transportation, and utilities (minus-2,000), other services (minus-1,600), and financial activities (minus-100) exceeded gains in leisure and hospitality (plus-1,600), educational and health services (plus-600), and information (plus-500).

Government employment, at 779,200, decreased 3,200 in local (minus-2,500) and state (minus-700) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From October 2015 to October 2016, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 50,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 400. Construction added 4,200 jobs, manufacturing decreased 2,100 as losses in durable goods (minus-8,100) exceeded gains in non-durable goods (plus-6,000), and mining and logging lost 1,700 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 38,000 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (plus-12,000), leisure and hospitality (plus-11,300), financial activities (plus-8,300), trade, transportation, and utilities (plus-7,000), other services (plus-4,700), and information (plus-600) exceeded losses in professional and business services (minus-5,900). Government employment increased 12,100 in local (plus-6,700), state (plus-3,700), and federal (plus-1,700) government.

Information for this article provided by ODJFS.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com