OHIO VALLEY — Several counties in the region saw a large jump in unemployment in the month of January.
Meigs and Gallia counties were no exceptions.
In Meigs County, unemployment climbed from 10.9 percent in December to 13.2 percent in January, placing Meigs in a tie for the second-highest rate in the state.
Gallia County’s rate went from 8.1 percent in December to 10 percent in January.
Both rates remain lower than January 2013, when Meigs had a rate of 14.4 percent and Gallia had a rate of 11 percent.
Monroe County continues to top the state’s unemployment charts with a rate of 15 percent, an increase from 14.6 percent in December.
Morgan County is tied with Meigs for the second-highest rate at 13.2 percent, followed by Pike County at 13.1, Adams County at 12.6, Huron County at 12.4 and Ottawa County at 12.1 percent.
Counties with an unemployment rate above 10 percent (in addition to those listed above) were Scioto at 11.9 percent, Vinton at 11.2 percent, Muskingum at 10.7 percent, Jefferson at 10.2 percent and Coshocton at 10 percent.
Mercer County remains ranked 88th with an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, up from 3.8 percent in December. Other counties in the bottom five in unemployment are Holmes County at 4.8, Delaware County at 4.9, Auglaize County at 5.0, and Union County at 5.5.
Ohio had an unemployment rate of 7.5 in January, up from 6.6 percent in December and 7.1 percent in November.
The national unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January, up from 6.5 percent in December and 6.6 percent in November.
A total of 30 Ohio counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate. Another eight counties had a rate between the national and state rate.
In southeast Ohio, other unemployment numbers include: Athens County, 8.3 percent; Hocking County, 8.6 percent; Jackson County, 9.8 percent; Lawrence County, 7.8 percent; Morgan County, 13.2 percent; Perry County, 9.9 percent; Ross County, 8.8 percent; Vinton County, 11.2 percent; and Washington County, 7.3 percent.
On the southern side of the Ohio River, Mason County’s unemployment rate was 10.9 percent — an increase from 8.7 percent in December. In January 2013, the county’s unemployment rate was 10.8 percent.
Clay County had West Virginia’s highest unemployment rate at 13.2 percent. Monongalia County was the lowest at 4 percent.