Ohio unemployment rate jumps back up to 5.7 percent
Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:00 AM
VAN WERT — The unemployment rate in Ohio in July rose to 5.7 percent, back to the same point it was in April. During May and June, the jobless rate had dropped to 5.5 percent, but an additional 7,000 unemployed and a decrease of 12,400 jobs during July forced a turnaround in the statistics.
The number of unemployed is now 323,000, which is still 110,000 fewer than 12 months ago. The number of employed workers in Ohio is now 5,288,900.
Manufacturing jobs were down by 2,900 in July while private-sector service jobs fell by 11,600. Categories showing job gains included local government (6,900), and trade, transportation, and utilities (1,000).
The June numbers for the state had been stable after a steady fall through the beginning of 2014. The county unemployment rates showed a different story, however. Van Wert County’s rate rose from 4.5 percent to 4.9 percent. Allen County’s rate jumped from 5.2 to 5.6 percent, and the jobless rate in Putnam County increased from 4.1 to 4.5 percent. Paulding County’s rate was up from 4.6 percent to 5.1 percent, and Mercer County continued with the state’s lowest county jobless rate, but it rose from 3.0 to 3.3 percent. The county rates for July will be released on Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Reports in June showed Van Wert County with 13,300 unemployed workers, Allen County with 46,000, and Putnam County with 16,800. The same report showed 700 unemployed in Van Wert County, 2,700 in Allen County, and 800 in Putnam County.