Portage County jobless numbers show slight drop

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published:

Portage County's unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point from 5.9 percent in September to 5.8 percent in October, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

It was the third straight month of decline following two months of slight increases this summer. Portage had the 20th lowest jobless rate out of Ohio's 88 counties. A year previously, the county's October rate was 7.5 percent.

During the past recession, the jobless rate in Portage peaked at 11.5 percent in January, 2010. The lowest rate for Portage in the past six years was 4.3 percent in May, 2006.

In October, there were 5,300 people unemployed out of a workforce of 91,900, according to ODJFS.

The number of jobless workers in Ohio was 396,000, down from 406,000 in September, according to ODJFS. The number of unemployed has decreased by 88,000 in the past 12 months from 484,000. The October jobless rate for Ohio was 8.3 percent a year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.9 percent up from 7.8 percent in September, and down from 8.9 percent in October 2011.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October, down from 7.1 percent in September, according to data released Friday (Nov. 16). Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 13,900 over the month from the revised 5,178,000 in September to 5, 191,900 in October.

Jobless rates ranged from a low of 3.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.5 percent in Pike County. Rates decreased in 74 of the 88 counties.

Rates of counties contiguous to Portage all went down. They were: Cuyahoga, 6.2; Geauga, 4.7; Mahoning, 6.6; Stark, 6.2; Summit, 5.9; and Trumbull, 7.8 percent.

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