The September unemployment rate figures were released on Tuesday by the Ohio Deparment of Job and Family Services.

As a whole, Ohio’s overall rate last month was 4.8 percent, a small increase from August’s 4.7 percent. The Department’s monthly press release stated that “Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 2016, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) in cooperation with ODJFS. Goods-producing industries, at 899,700, lost 3,800 jobs in construction (-2,600) and manufacturing (-1,200). Mining and logging did not change over the month. The private service-providing sector, at 3,816,300, added 3,500 jobs. Employment gains in financial activities (+2,900), other services (+2,700), professional and business services (+1,800), and information (+600) exceeded losses in leisure and hospitality (-2,600), educational and health services (-1,000), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-900). Government employment, at 781,900, decreased 2,800 as losses in state government (-4,200) outweighed gains in local (+1,100) and federal (+300) government.”

A year ago, the rate stood at 4.5 percent.

For Richland County, September saw a rise from August’s 4.9 percent to the current 5.4 percent. The City of Mansfield registered a rate of 6.3 percent, up from 5.7 percent.

Adjacent counties fared as follows:

  • Huron – 5.2 percent
  • Crawford – 5.8 percent
  • Morrow – 4.7 percent
  • Knox – 4.4 percent
  • Ashland – 4.8 percent


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