Unemployment rate declines in Meigs County

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com

POMEROY — The unemployment rate in Meigs County declined last month, but still remains one of the highest in the state.

For August, Meigs County posted a reported unemployment rate of 7.6 percent, down from 7.9 percent in July.

While the percentage has decline, Meigs County remains ranked as the second highest unemployment rate in Ohio, behind only Monroe County at 9 percent.

Meigs County has ranked near the top for the entire 2016 calendar year, although the rate has declined from 11.1 percent in January 2016.

In neighboring Gallia County, the unemployment rate dropped slightly in August to 6.3 percent, down from 6.4 percent in July.

In addition to Monroe and Meigs counties, Jefferson, Noble and Scioto counties posted unemployment rates above 7 percent for August.

The lowest rate continues to be in Mercer County at 3 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August 2016, down from 4.8 percent in July. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 272,000, down 6,000 from 278,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the August 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent in August 2015.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August 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 905,100, added 2,600 jobs over the month in construction (plus-2,100), manufacturing (plus-400) and mining and logging (plus-100).

The private service-providing sector, at 3,812,900, lost 7,600 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (minus-5,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (minus-2,400), other services (minus-2,400), and educational and health services (minus-1,600), exceeded gains in leisure and hospitality (plus-2,600), financial activities (plus-1,600), and information (plus-100).

Government employment, at 785,400, increased 3,000 as gains in local (plus-3,100) and federal (plus-200) government outweighed losses in state government (minus-300).

From August 2015 to August 2016, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 78,300. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 6,000. Construction added 7,600 jobs over the year. Manufacturing employment increased 1,000 as gains in non-durable goods (+8,300) surpassed losses in durable goods (-7,300). Mining and logging lost 2,600 jobs over the year. The private service-providing sector added 55,100 jobs as gains in educational and health services (+18,900), leisure and hospitality (+17,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (+8,600), financial activities (+5,300), and other services (+4,900) surpassed losses in information (-300). Professional and business services did not change over the year. Government employment increased 17,200 in state (+11,400), local (+4,300), and federal (+1,500) government.

Information for this article provided by ODJFS

By Sarah Hawley