OHIO VALLEY — After taking a step back from the top in August, Meigs County returned to top in unemployment for September in figures released earlier this week.
Meigs and Pike counties each had an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent in September. After two consecutive months of steady decline, Meigs County’s unemployment figure is nearly half a percent higher than in August (11.8 percent).
Meigs was not the only county in the region to see an increase in unemployment for September.
Gallia County’s unemployment rate went from 8.2 percent in August to 8.5 percent in September. Gallia County is ranked tied for 19th in the state with Lawrence County.
Both counties also have a higher unemployment rate then shown at this time one year ago. In Sept. 2012, Meigs County had an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent, while Gallia was at 8.2 percent.
When it comes to unemployment rates — in terms of rankings, it’s a good thing when a county’s number rises with the higher the ranking, the lower the unemployment.
Counties with an unemployment rate above 10 percent (in addition to Meigs and Pike) were Monroe at 11.8 percent, Scioto at 11.4 percent, Adams at 11 percent, Morgan at 10.5 percent Jefferson at 10.3 and Vinton at 10.2 percent.
Mercer County remains ranked 88th with an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, followed by Holmes County at 4.9, Delaware County at 5.4, Auglaize County at 5.5 and Union County at 5.7.
Ohio had an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent in September, up from 6.9 percent in August. The national unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in September, down from 7.3 percent in August.
A total of 41 Ohio counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate. Another five counties have a rate between the state and national rates.
In Southeast Ohio, other unemployment numbers include, Athens County, 8.1 percent; Hocking County, 7.4 percent; Jackson County, 8.9 percent; Lawrence County, 8.5 percent; Perry County, 8.8 percent; Ross County, 8.4 percent; Vinton County, 10.2 percent; and Washington County, 6.8 percent.
Mason County, W.Va., had an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in September.
The Sept. unemployment figures, which are typically released the following month, were delayed due to the government shutdown in early October. Both September and October unemployment figures for Ohio’s 88 counties were released this week. More on the October unemployment rates will appear in the Sunday Times Sentinel.