Meigs tops jobless rankings


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



OHIO VALLEY — After a brief one month stint at the No. 2 spot, Meigs County is back to having the top unemployment in the state of Ohio.

Numbers for August released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Meigs County’s unemployment rate remained steady from July to August at 8.5 percent.

While the rate remained the same, Meigs went from two to one, above Monroe County which had a rate of 7.9 percent. Trumbull County had been in the top spot in July with a rate of 8.7 percent, but had an August rate of 6.9 percent.

Gallia County’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.0 percent in July to 6.7 percent in August. The 6.7 percent unemployment rate places Gallia County at 13th in the state. Gallia County had been 14th in July.

Mercer County continues to have the lowest rate in the state at 3.2 percent, down from 3.5 percent in July.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August 2017, up from 5.2 percent in July 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,540,000 in July to 5,545,200 in August 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 311,000, up 11,000 from 300,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 29,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in August 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 4.4 percent up from 4.3 percent in July and down from 4.9 percent in August 2016.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 5,200 over the month, from a revised 5,540,000 in July to 5,545,200 in August 2017, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 910,000, increased 3,500 over the month due to gains in construction (+1,900) and manufacturing (+1,600). Employment in mining and logging did not change from July. The private service-providing sector, at 3,859,400, added 7,600 jobs. Employment gains in leisure and hospitality (+6,600), educational and health services (+3,800), and other services (+3,200) surpassed losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-4,500), professional and business services (-1,000), financial activities (-400), and information (-100). Government employment, at 775,800, decreased 5,900 due to losses in state (-3,600), local (-1,900), and federal (-400) government.

From August 2016 to August 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 57,100. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 10,500. Construction added 8,100 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 2,100 in nondurable goods (+1,600) and durable goods (+500). Mining and logging added 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 50,800 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+21,800), leisure and hospitality (+18,700), financial activities (+8,800), professional and business services (+7,900), other services (+2,900), and information (+900) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-10,200). Government employment decreased 4,200 as losses in state (-4,600) and federal (-100) government outweighed gains in local government (+500).

Information provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.