County jobless rates jump
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:01 AM
VAN WERT — Despite June reports from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) that unemployment in the state was mostly unchanged last month, Tuesday’s release of county jobless rates showed that rates jumped during June. The rate in Van Wert County crept upward from 4.5 percent in May to 4.9 percent in June.
The number of employed county residents was up by 300 to 13,300, but the number of unemployed was up as well. The reported numbers jumped from 600 to 700 unemployed last month.
Around the area, the June reports showed a similar story. Allen County’s rate climbed from 5.2 percent in May to 5.6 percent in June. Auglaize County which saw it’s jobless figure drop in May to 3.6 percent experienced a jump to 4.0 percent in June. Paulding County also saw an upward trend in unemployment. The rate rose by one-half a percent to 5.1 percent. In Putnam County, unemployment rose from 4.1 percent in May to 4.4 percent, and in Mercer County the state’s lowest jobless rate of an of the 88 Ohio counties moved upward from 3.0 to 3.3 percent.
The same trend was reported across the state line. In Indiana, Adams County’s rate went from 4.8 percent to 5.3 percent in June and Allen County saw it’s 5.3 percent rate jump to 5.7 percent for June. The state unemployment number jumped from 5.7 to 5.9 percent in June. In Ohio, the rate was unchanged from the previous month at 5.5 percent.
The good news is that the six area counties are nearly all in the bottom half of the state’s counties. Allen County is ranked 44th highest of 88, Paulding is now tied of 64th-highest, Van Wert County is tied for 68th, Punam County is 83rd, Auglaize County is 86th and Mercer is still 88th.
On the other end of the spectrum, five counties in the state had rate of more than 8.0 percent unemployment in June, starting with Monroe County’s 11.7 percent rate. Others above 8.0 percent were Meigs County (8.9), Pike County (8.7), Morgan County (8.6) and Scioto County (8.3 percent). These estimates were prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Rates for July will be released Aug. 19.