County among top 10 in jobless rate


The unemployment rate in Highland County rose in June to 3.9 percent, a climb of nearly a whole percent compared to May, according to figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).

The ODJFS said the labor force in Highland County has 17,400 workers, with 16,600 members of the force employed and 800 unemployed. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Of the 88 counties in Ohio, Highland County is ranked 10th in terms of the highest unemployment rate in the state, tied with two other counties.

Seasonal adjustment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a “statistical technique that attempts to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns to reveal how employment and unemployment change from month to month.”

It considers the changes in labor market activity because of seasonal events like weather, harvests and major holidays. Because the seasonal events are mostly the same every year, the change in the trends can be eliminated by seasonally adjusting the statistics from month to month. The adjustments allow people to see the underlying trends and other nonseasonal movements, ODJFS said.

The county unemployment rates in Ohio ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 5.3 percent in Meigs County.

The state had seven counties at or below 3.0 percent unemployment in June: Mercer County at 2.5 percent, Putnam and Wyandot counties at 2.6 percent, Union and Wayne counties at 2.9 percent and Delaware and Holmes counties at 3.0 percent.

The state had two counties at or above 5.0 percent unemployment in June: Meigs County at 5.3 percent and Athens County at 5.2 percent.

According to ODJFS, unemployment increased in 86 counties in Ohio in June and decreased in two counties.

Of the six counties contiguous to Highland County, Ross County had 3.4 percent unemployment in June, Brown County had 3.9 percent, Fayette County had 4.0 percent, Clinton County had 4.1 percent, Pike County had 4.5 percent and Adams County had 4.7 percent.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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