Unemployment declines in Meigs, Gallia

Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com

OHIO VALLEY — Unemployment rates in Ohio for February were recently released with Meigs County having the fourth highest unemployment rate in the state, improving from its second-place finish as reported in last month’s statistics.

Meigs County’s unemployment rate dropped, reporting a rate of 10.2 percent in February, down from January’s 11.1 percent.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, in February, Meigs County was preceded by Morgan County with 10.8 percent unemployment, Noble County with 11 percent unemployment and Monroe County with 12.9 percent unemployment – the highest in the state.

Gallia County’s unemployment also decreased going from 8.4 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February, which meant it once again ranked 19 out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment rates. The lowest unemployment rate in the state was in Delaware County at 3.8 percent.

Across the river in Mason County, W.Va., unemployment was up for the fourth consecutive month at 9 percent, with 52 of 55 counties in West Virginia seeing a rise in unemployment rates for February.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in February 2016, unchanged from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from 279,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in February 2015.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February 2016, 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 912,100, lost 600 jobs over the month. Job losses in manufacturing (-2,300) and mining and logging (-400) outweighed job gains in construction (+2,100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,795,300, added 9,600 jobs. Employment gains in trade, transportation, and utilities (+5,800), educational and health services (+4,300), and financial activities (+3,900) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-2,200), other services (-1,200), and information (-1,000). Professional and business services did not change over the month. Government employment, at 770,300, increased 3,400 as gains in local (+5,400) and federal (+800) government exceeded losses in state government (-2,800).

From February 2015 to February 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 78,700. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 12,800. Construction added 10,900 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 5,100 as gains in nondurable goods (+8,300) exceeded losses in durable goods (-3,200). Mining and logging lost 3,200 jobs over the year. The private service-providing sector added 64,300 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+21,800), leisure and hospitality (+17,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+16,100), financial activities (+5,900), other services (+4,200), and information (+400) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-1,700). Government employment increased 1,600 as gains in state (+1,100) and federal (+900) government were partially offset by losses in local government (-400).

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 4.9 percent, unchanged from January and down from 5.5 percent in February 2015.

Information for this article provided by ODJFS and WorkForce West Virginia.

Beth Sergent


Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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