Jobless rate dips for July

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

The county’s jobless rate was 7.6 percent in July, down from 7.8 percent in June. This is the first time the rate has decreased since March. The rate matches the 7.6 percent in July 2012.

In July, 2,100 people were unemployed, a decrease from the 2,200 people jobless in June. In July, 25,600 people were employed, a decrease from June’s 25,900.

The estimate of all people working or seeking work decreased from 28,100 in June to 27,700 in July.

Crawford, Huron and Sandusky counties reported an increase in the unemployment rate from June. Hancock, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties reported a decrease, while Ottawa County stayed the same.

Huron County had the highest unemployment rate at 11 percent. Hancock County had the lowest rate at 6.1 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation dropped to 7.4 percent for the month. In July 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for July remained the same at 7.2 percent. This was the same rate as July 2012.