OHIO VALLEY — After being No. 4 in September, Meigs County has jumped back to the second spot in the Ohio unemployment ratings released this week.
Despite moving two spots, Meigs maintained the 6.9 percent unemployment rate for the second straight month.
Gallia County continues to be in a tie for 16th with a rate of 5.4 percent. That is a 0.1 percent decrease from September when the rate was 5.5 percent.
Mercer County continues to have the lowest rate in the state at 2. 8 percent followed by Putnam County at 3.0 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in October 2017, down from 5.3 percent in September 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,300 over the month, from a revised 5,546,600 in September to 5,550,900 in October 2017.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 296,000, down 9,000 from 305,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in October 2016.
The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent in September, and down from 4.8 percent in October 2016.
Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,300 over the month, from a revised 5,546,600 in September to 5,550,900 in October 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 915,200, increased 3,000 over the month as gains in manufacturing (+4,200) outweighed losses in construction (-1,100) and mining and logging (-100). The private service-providing sector, at 3,863,100, lost 2,000 jobs. Employment losses in educational and health services (-2,700), leisure and hospitality (-1,700), professional and business services (-1,300), financial activities (-1,200), and information (-400) surpassed gains in other services (+3,000) and trade, transportation, and utilities (+2,300). Government employment, at 772,600, increased 3,300 as gains in local government (+4,400) exceeded losses in state (-800) and federal (-300) government.
From October 2016 to October 2017, non-agricultural wage and salary employment grew 59,400. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 12,400. Construction added 9,600 jobs. Manufacturing employment increased 2,900 in nondurable goods (+2,800) and durable goods (+100). Mining and logging lost 100 jobs. The private service-providing sector added 48,800 jobs. Employment gains in educational and health services (+17,900), leisure and hospitality (+17,500), financial activities (+6,400), professional and business services (+5,700), other services (+3,100), and trade, transportation, and utilities (+300) exceeded losses in information (-2,100). Government employment decreased 1,800 as losses in state (-5,600) and federal (-500) government outweighed gains in local government (+4,300).
Information provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.