The unemployment rate in Scioto County was 6.9 percent, compared to 5.4 percent for all of Ohio. The Scioto County rate is up slightly from the October rate of 6.3 percent, but down from the same period last year, when the November rate was 8.3 percent.
“There are so many variables, I wouldn't venture a guess as to why we are up from last month, but down from last year,” said Bob Wilson, of Job and Family Services, located in the Community Action Organization building on Third Street.
The highest rate in this area was in Pike County, which had an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent, Jackson County's unemployment was at 7.2, Adams County was 7.0, and the lowest was Lawrence County, at 4.9 percent.
“While Ohio's unemployment rate increased in November, from 5.1 percent the preceding month, the number of people working during the month held steady,” said Barbara Riley, director of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “Gains in employment in service-providing industries were offset by losses in manufacturing.”
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 321,000, up from 306,000 in October. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.8 percent in November 2005.
The rates are unadjusted, meaning they do not take into account seasonal adjustments in employment.
Wilson said people who would like to receive unemployment benefits may call him at (740) 354-4531, or come in person.
“They can come to Community Action, and we can help them,” said Wilson. Or they can check out two Web sites.
“You can look on line at scoti.ohio.gov,” he said. “Or go to www.ohio.gov for state jobs.”
Wilson cautioned when going to the scoti.ohio.gov site, not to preface it with www.
The Associate Press contributed to this story. FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.