Jobless rate hits 7.8 percent

Seneca County’s unemployment rate has continued to rise, increasing 0.7 percentage points in June.

The county’s jobless rate was 7.8 percent in June, up from 7.1 percent in May, according to civilian labor force estimates from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The jobless rate has continued to increase, matching March’s unemployment rate. The rate also compares to 7.7 percent in June 2012.

According to the labor estimates, 2,200 people were jobless in June, compared to 2,000 people in May. In both May and June, 25,900 people were employed.

The civilian labor force grew from 27,900 in May to 28,100 in June. This estimate is the highest since November’s 28,200. The number is an estimate of all people working or seeking work.

All surrounding counties reported an increase in the unemployment rate from May. Hancock County had the largest increase from 5.6 percent in May to 7.2 percent in June.

Huron County continued to have the highest unemployment rate at 9.6 percent. Sandusky County had the lowest rate at 7 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation remained at 7.6 percent for the month, down from the 8.2 percent rate in June 2012.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for June increased from 7 percent in May to 7.2 percent. The unemployment rate in June 2012 was 7.3 percent.