By Frank Lewis
Scioto County has the eighth highest unemployment rate in the state of Ohio, according to the latest figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The January unemployment rate for Scioto County was stagnant at 11.9 percent, about the same as the end of 2013.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in January 2014, down from 7.1 percent in December 2013. Ohio’s non-farm wage and salary employment increased 16,700 over the month, from a revised 5,268,900 in December to 5,285,600 in January.
Pike County was the highest in the region and fourth highest in the entire state at 13.1 percent, just behind Morgan and Meigs counties at 13.2 percent, while Adams County was at 12.6 percent and Jackson County - 9.8 percent.
The highest unemployment numbers in Ohio are found in Monroe County which showed 15 percent unemployment for January, blamed on the closing of the Ormet plant, a huge aluminum smelter plant, which resulted in the lost of 1,000 jobs.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 395,000, down 16,000 from 411,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 7.3 percent in January 2013.
The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in December and from 7.9 percent in January 2013.
Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 16,700 from 5,268,900 in December 2013 to 5,285,600 in January 2014, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS.
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Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.