By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
Although Pike County remains atop the list of Ohio counties with the highest unemployment — at 13.9 percent in November — the county’s rate dropped 1.1 percent.
Scioto County ranks No. 2 in the state for the highest unemployment at 11.5 percent in November. Scioto’s rate fell .7 percent from 12.2 percent in October.
“A lot of that (Pike’s unemployment rate) is attributed to the closing of Masco/Mills Pride.” said Bill Whitfield, director of Pike County Job and Family Services. “What would be really great if we could get this loan guarantee for USEC. That would just make all the difference in the world. If we were to get the loan guarantee some other county would rise up to the top of the unemployment list. There is hope for those still looking for a job in Pike County. When the government says, absolutely no way, that’s it and closes everything up, then I guess that hope would disappear.”
According to Angela Duduit, spokeswoman for the American Centrifuge Project, 27 percent of their workforce lives in Pike County; with 30 percent living in Scioto.
Ohio’s statewide unemployment rate in October was 8.5 percent. Seasonally adjusted, it was 7.6 percent.
Lawrence County had the region’s lowest unemployment rate at 7.3 percent.