Meigs highest in latest jobless numbers

By Sarah Hawley -

OHIO VALLEY — Meigs County now tops the state in unemployment, according to June figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

After being the third highest in May at 6.5 percent, unemployment in the county rose to 8.2 percent in June.

The 8.2 percent mark is 0.1 percent above Monroe County, which had previously held the highest rate in the state. Monroe County was at 7.2 percent in May, and now sits at 8.1 percent for the month of June.

Unemployment also increased in Gallia County, going from 5.7 percent in May to 6.9 percent in June. That figure places Gallia County in a tie for the ninth highest in the state with Adams County.

Mercer County continues to have the state’s lowest rate at 3.4 percent, which is an increase from 2.8 percent in May.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in June 2017, up from 4.9 percent in May 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 291,000, up 5,000 from 286,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in June 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in May 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in June 2016.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June 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 909,500, increased 4,700 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,000) and construction (+900) exceeded losses in mining and logging (-200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,839,700, increased 700. Employment gains in financial activities (+2,400), trade, transportation, and utilities (+1,600), other services (+700), and educational and health services (+600) surpassed losses in leisure and hospitality (-3,000), information (-1,000), and professional and business services (-600). Government employment, at 779,600, increased 6,100 in state (+6,000) and local (+100) government. Federal government employment did not change over the month.

From June 2016 to June 2017, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 56,800. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 8,800. Construction added 6,400 jobs. Manufacturing added 2,400 jobs as gains in nondurable goods (+2,600) surpassed losses in durable goods (-200). Mining and logging employment did not change over the year. The private service-providing sector added 45,900 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+21,700), professional and business services (+9,400), financial activities (+8,000), leisure and hospitality (+5,400), other services (+1,200), and information (+800) exceeded losses in trade, transportation, and utilities (-600). Government employment increased 2,100 as gains in state (+1,900) and federal (+300) government outweighed losses in local government (-100).

Information for this article provided by ODJFS.

By Sarah Hawley