OHIO VALLEY — After several months in the top two in unemployment in the state of Ohio, Meigs County now finds itself at No. 4.
Dropping from a rate of 8.5 percent in August to 6.9 percent in the September numbers released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Meigs County is now behind Trumbull (7.9 percent), Mahoning (7.5 percent) and Monroe (7.0 percent) counties.
Gallia County, with a September rate of 5.5 percent, is tied for 16th with Columbiana County.
Mercer County continues to hold the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.8 percent, down from 3.2 percent in August.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in September 2017, down from 5.4 percent in August 2017. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000 in September 2017.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 305,000, down 6,000 from 311,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 284,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in September 2016.
The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent in September 2016.
Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000 in September 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 914,200, increased 3,100 over the month due to gains in manufacturing (+2,600) and construction (+500). Employment in mining and logging did not change from August. The private service-providing sector, at 3,866,500, added 7,400 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+6,200), educational and health services (+4,600), and leisure and hospitality (+2,900) surpassed losses in financial activities (-2,400), other services (-2,200), information (-1,000), and professional and business services (-700). Government employment, at 776,300, did not change over the month as losses in local government (-7,200) offset gains in state (+6,900) and federal (+300) government.
From September 2016 to September 2017, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 61,600. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 13,200. Construction added 9,100 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 3,800 in nondurable goods (+3,000) and durable goods (+800). Mining and logging added 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 51,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+24,800), leisure and hospitality (+19,300), financial activities (+6,300), and professional and business services (+4,800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-3,300) and information (-400). Employment in other services did not change over the year. Government employment decreased 3,100 as losses in local (-6,100) and federal (-100) government outweighed gains in state government (+3,100).
Information provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.