By Frank Lewis
Scioto County continues to rank among the highest in unemployment numbers in the state of Ohio. For the month of March, Scioto County was tied for seventh place in the entire state with an unemployment rate of 9.4 — tied with neighboring Adams County.
Among the state’s 88 counties, March 2014 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.5 percent in Monroe County. Rates decreased in all 88 counties from February. The comparable rate for Ohio was 6.2 percent in March.
Eight counties had unemployment rates at or below 5.0 percent in March. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware and Holmes, 4.1 percent; Auglaize, 4.2 percent; Union, 4.6 percent; Hancock, 4.7 percent; Franklin, 4.9 percent; and Logan, 5.0 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent in March including bordering Pike County which registered a 10.8 percent unemployment rate. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe and Pike, were: Morgan, 10.8; Huron, 10.4 percent; and Meigs and Ottawa, 10.2 percent. Lawrence County registered a 5.8 unemployment rate.
Those estimates were prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, and are based on 2013 benchmark and geared to county of residence. Unemployment rates for all Ohio counties as well as cities with populations of 50,000 or more are presented in the monthly Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Civilian Labor Force Estimates publication.
That information and the monthly statistical summaries they are based on are available at http://ohiolmi.com/laus/releases.htm.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.