Jobless rate declines, again

By Sarah Hawley -

OHIO VALLEY — The unemployment rate in both Meigs and Gallia Counties declined in April, bringing the lowest rates of 2017 in both counties to date.

Meigs County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.7 percent in March to 6.8 percent in April.

Despite the nearly two percent decrease, Meigs County is tied for the second highest rate in the state.

In Gallia County, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.9 percent in March to 5.6 percent in April.

Monroe County continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 7.6 percent, followed by Meigs and Jefferson at 6.8 percent.

Mercer County has the lowest rate at 2.5 percent, followed by Holmes County at 2.7 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 288,000, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio, at 5.0 percent, did not change from April 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 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 909,900, decreased 13,200 over the month due to employment losses in construction (-7,400) and manufacturing (-5,800). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,835,800, increased 9,400. Employment gains in professional and business services (+6,100), leisure and hospitality (+5,000), financial activities (+1,100), and information (+500) surpassed losses in other services (-2,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (-700), and educational and health services (-100). Government employment, at 767,100, decreased 1,900 as losses in state (-2,600) and federal (-400) government exceeded gains in local government (+1,100).

From April 2016 to April 2017, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 35,900. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 5,600. Construction added 4,000 jobs. Manufacturing added 1,800 jobs as gains in non-durable goods (+4,200) surpassed losses in durable goods (-2,400). Mining and logging lost 200 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 39,500 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+18,100), leisure and hospitality (+8,100), professional and business services (+5,700), financial activities (+5,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+3,400), and information (+2,000) exceeded losses in other services (-3,300). Government employment decreased 9,200 as losses in state (-8,300) and local (-1,800) government outweighed gains in federal government (+900).

Information for this article provided by ODJFS.

By Sarah Hawley