Late last week, October’s county unemployment figures for Ohio were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which showed that Ohio in general, and Richland County in particular, are holding steady with relatively low – and matching — rates.
Both the state and the county clocked in with a 5.2% rate in terms of non-seasonally adjusted numbers.
In Richland County, some 2,800 individuals were considered unemployed in October, based on a total available work force of 53,300 and 50,500 employed.
For Richland and contiguous counties, the rates ranged as follows from top to bottom:
Richland — 5.2
Crawford — 5.1
Huron — 4.9
Morrow — 4.2
Ashland — 3.9
Knox — 3.7
Across Ohio, nearby Holmes County had the lowest rate at 2.3%, whereas Cuyahoga, Trumbull, Jefferson, and Mahoning Counties all registered a 6.6% unemployment rate.
In Ohio, October’s most hit sectors of the economy were both unsurprising — leisure and hospitality; and food services, both down over 20%. The only two sectors gaining employment were federal government employees and non-durable goods.
Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services