|Unemployment rate in Ohio continues to creep upward|
|Sunday, November 24, 2013 9:00 PM|
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT — The Ohio unemployment rate has spent the fall creeping slowly upward, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The data for September was delayed and released along with the October report, giving officials a two-month look at the employment and unemployment situations in Ohio. The reason given for the delay was the backlog of paperwork following the federal government shutdown.
Specifically the state rate, which was 7.3 percent in August, moved to 7.4 percent in September, then to 7.5 percent in October. To go with that, the number of unemployed in the state has moved from 419,000 in August to 425,000 in September to 427,000 in October. The number of unemployed workers in the state has increased by 31,000 since October 2012.
The number of working Ohioans has also crept upward. In August 5,200,600 workers were on the job. In the October figures, that number was up to 5,204,800. So since August the state has added 4,200 more jobs but 8,000 more persons unemployed.
County unemployment rate for September and October is due to be released by the state on Tuesday. In the August report, Van Wert County had a 6.7 percent unemployment rate, down from 7.1 percent in July. The county total labor force was 13,700, with 12,800 employed and 900 unemployed.
Across the state line in Indiana, the jobless rate has fallen almost a full percentage point over the last three months and is now equal to the Ohio rate at 7.5 percent. The Hoosier State added 6,600 jobs in October, 3,600 of those in manufacturing. Indiana has also seen the number of unemployed decrease by more than 27,00 in the past three months.
Unemployment rates in Adams and Allen counties in Indiana fell sharply in October. Adams County’s rate fell from 6.4 to 6.0 percent while Allen County saw a drop from 7.2 to 6.7 percent.
During October, the state added 900 manufacturing jobs, 1,300 in construction; 3,500 in trade, transportation and utilities; 3,000 in leasure and hospitality; and 1,000 in financial services. The number of government positions fell by 6,300 with most of those (4,300) in local government. Another 1,200 jobs were also lost in professional and business services during the month.
Over the last 12 months, Ohio has added 6,000 manufacturing jobs, although 1,100 construction jobs were lost. As of last month, an estimated 660,900 people are employed in manufacturing jobs. Job gains were also seen in leisure and hospitality (13,100); educational and health services (12,100); and trade, transportation and utilities (11,000).
The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in September, but down from 7.9 percent in October 2012.