Ohio Unemployment Numbers Rise In January
March 12, 2014: Van Wert, OH - After a big drop in unemployment in December, the jobless rate was back up all over northwest Ohio in January. In fact, every Ohio county saw its unemployment rate rise for the month.
In figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), Van Wert and surrounding counties each saw unemployment rise sharply for the month, partially due to the end of some holiday jobs. In Van Wert County, the 6.1 percent rate from December rose to 6.5 percent in January. The rate for Van Wert County was at 6.8 percent in November.
The county labor force estimates show the same number of unemployed in the county in January as in December, but there were 300 fewer workers. The employment roll in the county was 12,700 in January.
Putnam County is tied with Van Wert County with the 72nd highest unemployment rate of Ohio’s 88 counties with a 6.5 percent rate, up from 5.7 percent in December.
Around the area, Mercer County remain as the county with the lowest unemployment rate in the state, although the rate jumped from 3.8 percent in December to 4.4 percent in January with 700 fewer on the job.
In Allen County, the jobless rate rose from 6.9 percent to 7.6 percent, while in Auglaize County the rate jumped from 4.6 percent to 5.0 percent.
In Paulding County, 400 additional names on the unemployment rolls sent the jobless figure from 6.1 percent to 6.8 percent.
Across the state, 13 counties still have unemployment rates in double digits from Monroe County at 15.0 percent to Gallia and Coshocton counties at 10.0 percent. Four counties reported a jobless rate at 5.0 percent or below: Auglaize County (5.0), Delaware County (4.9), Holmes (4.8), and Mercer (4.4).
The Ohio unemployment rate for January dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.9 percent while the U.S. unemploymenr rate for January was 6.6 percent. ODJFS will release the statewide unemployment report for February on March 21.
Story by Ed Gebert, Times Bulletin