Seneca County jobless rate dips

Seneca County’s unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points in October, according to civilian labor force estimates from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Due to the federal government shutdown in October, Ohio’s September 2013 estimates were released along with October’s estimates.

In October, the county’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, compared to September’s 7.0 percent.

The number of unemployed people in Seneca County in October was 1,900, a number that has stayed the same since August.

In October, 25,800 people were employed, while 25,700 were employed in September. This number is down from August’s number at 25,900. In October 2012, 26,600 people were employed.

There was no change to the estimate of all people working or looking for work from September to October. A total of 27,700 people make up the civilian labor force, which is a decrease from October 2012’s total of 28,400.

While all counties reported an increase in the unemployment rate from August to September, Crawford, Hancock, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties experienced a decrease from September to October.

Huron County’s rate continues to increase, from September’s rate of 9.1 to October’s rate of 9.4. Ottawa County also experienced an increase from 7.8 percent in September to 8.1 percent in October. Hancock County continued to have the lowest unemployment rate at 5.6 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation was 7.2 percent in September and 7.3 percent in October. In October of last year, the unemployment rate was 7.9 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for October increased 0.1 percent to 7.5 percent. This number is up from April’s low of 7.0.