Area jobless rates decline

By Sarah Hawley -

OHIO VALLEY — Unemployment in both Meigs and Gallia counties is on the decline again, according to the latest statistics for March.

Meigs County saw a 1.5 percent decline in unemployment, going from 10.2 percent in February to 8.7 percent in March.

The decrease allowed Meigs to go from the second highest unemployment in the state to a tie for fourth.

In Gallia County, the unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent, down from 8.3 percent in February. This placed Gallia 20th out of 88 counties, in terms of unemployment.

The highest unemployment rate in Ohio in February went to Monroe County which had 9.6 percent unemployment, followed by Jackson County and Trumbull County at 9.2 percent each, and Mahonig County which was tied with Meigs at 8.7 percent.

Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent, followed by Holmes County at 3.3 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2017, unchanged from February 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, unchanged from February. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in March 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.

Employment in goods-producing industries, at 923,300, increased 1,300 over the month in construction (+1,000), mining and logging (+200), and manufacturing (+100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,826,100, decreased 5,200. Employment losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-6,000), professional and business services (-3,800), leisure and hospitality (-2,800), and financial activities (-700) surpassed gains in educational and health services (+6,300), information (+900), and other services (+900). Government employment, at 769,300, decreased 200 as losses in local government (-700) exceeded gains in state (+300) and federal (+200) government.

From March 2016 to March 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 36,500. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 14,100. Construction added 7,900 jobs. Manufacturing added 6,500 jobs in nondurable goods (+5,400) and durable goods (+1,100). Mining and logging lost 300 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 30,100 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+19,400), financial activities (+5,200), trade, transportation, and utilities (+4,400), leisure and hospitality (+2,500), and information (+1,500) exceeded losses in professional and business services (-2,000) and other services (-900). Government employment decreased 7,700 as losses in state (-5,800) and local (-2,700) government outweighed gains in federal government (+800).

Information for this article provided by the ODJFS

By Sarah Hawley