Gallia, Meigs jobless rates show slight increase

By Sarah Hawley -

POMEROY — The unemployment rate in Gallia and Meigs counties increased slightly during the month of September.

The rate in Meigs climbed to 7.7 percent in September. The jobless rate in Meigs County was at 7.6 percent in August, after dropping from 7.9 percent in July.

In Gallia County, the rate increased to 6.5 percent, after being at 6.3 percent in August and 6.4 percent in July.

Meigs’ rate of 7.7 remains lower than the January rate of 11.1 percent, which was a high for the year. The county continues to maintain the second-highest jobless rate in the state, behind only Monroe County which increased from 9 percent in August to 9.2 percent in September.

Mercer County continues to have the lowest rate in the state at 3.2 percent, which is an increase from 3 percent in August.

Counties with unemployment rates at or above 7 percent include, Jefferson, Noble, Morgan, Pike, Scioto, Jackson, Meigs and Monroe.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in September 2016, up from 4.7 percent in August. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 275,000, up 4,000 from 271,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the September 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August and down from 5.1 percent in September 2015.

Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 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 899,700, lost 3,800 jobs in construction (minus-2,600) and manufacturing (minus-1,200). Mining and logging did not change over the month.

The private service-providing sector, at 3,816,300, added 3,500 jobs. Employment gains in financial activities (plus-2,900), other services (plus-2,700), professional and business services (plus-1,800), and information (plus-600) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (minus-2,600), educational and health services (minus-1,000), and trade, transportation, and utilities (minus-900).

Government employment, at 781,900, decreased 2,800 as losses in state government (minus-4,200) outweighed gains in local (plus-1,100) and federal (plus-300) government.

From September 2015 to September 2016, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 73,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 1,900. Construction added 4,300 jobs, mining and logging lost 2,300 jobs, and manufacturing lost 100 jobs as losses in durable goods (minus-9,000) surpassed gains in nondurable goods (plus-8,900). The private service-providing sector added 57,400 jobs in educational and health services (plus-17,600), leisure and hospitality (plus-12,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (plus-8,600), other services (plus-8,600), financial activities (plus-7,100), professional and business services (plus-2,600), and information (plus-300). Government employment increased 14,100 in state (plus-6,400), local (plus-5,900), and federal (plus-1,800) government.

Information for this article provided by ODJFS.

By Sarah Hawley