OHIO VALLEY — Jobless rates in Meigs and Gallia counties improved and held steady, respectively, in the month of May.
Unemployment numbers for May included Meigs County at 7.7 percent, down from April’s 7.8 percent, which means the jobless rate has dropped for three consecutive months. Meigs was ranked fourth out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment. Gallia County was at 6.3 percent unemployment in May, which was unchanged from April and down from March’s 7.6 percent, ranking it at 15 out of 88 counties, according to the latest statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Monroe County once again had the highest unemployment rate in the state in May at 10.8 percent, while the lowest belonged to Mercer County at 2.9 percent.
Across the river in Mason County, W.Va., the jobless rate also continued to drop to 6.7 percent in May, down from April’s 7 percent and March’s 8.1 percent unemployment rate.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May, down from 5.2 percent in April. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 300,000, down 2,000 from 302,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 18,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the May 2015 rate of 4.9 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April and down from 5.5 percent in May 2015.
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May, 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 900,400, lost 4,600 jobs over the month in manufacturing (-3,100), construction (-1,300), and mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,817,400, added 14,700 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+7,900), leisure and hospitality (+3,900), other services (+2,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+800), and financial activities (+300) exceeded losses in information (-400) and professional and business services (-300). Government employment, at 769,000, decreased 900 as losses in local government (-4,700) surpassed gains in state (+3,100) and federal (+700) government.
From May 2015 to May 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 70,900. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 400. Manufacturing employment decreased 4,800 as losses in durable goods (-11,500) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+6,700). Mining and logging lost 3,000 jobs over the year. Construction added 7,400 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 70,400 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+29,800), leisure and hospitality (+17,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+10,800), financial activities (+8,900), other services (+7,500), and information (+200) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-4,400). Government employment increased 900 as gains in state (+6,200) and federal (+1,100) government offset losses in local government (-6,400).
Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and ODJFS.
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