Jobless rate up after record lows

Seneca County’s unemployment rate increased by more than 1 percent in June after posting record-low figures in May and April.

According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the jobless rate for the county was 5 percent in June compared to 3.9 percent in May and 4.8 percent in June 2017. The county’s April and May jobless rate was the first time the mark was below 4 percent since November 2000.

Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak said the numbers are higher because the figures provided are not seasonally adjusted.

Zak said figures for June typically are higher than May because more people are entering labor force, typically high school and college students.

There were about 26,600 people employed in June, down from 26,800 people employed in May. In June 2017, 26,300 people were employed.

According to statistics, the civilian labor force, the estimate of all people working or looking for work, was 28,000 in June, up from 27,900 in May and up from 27,700 in June 2017.

Unemployment estimates in surrounding counties universally increased.

The highest area rate for June was a three-way tie among Crawford, Huron and Ottawa counties at 5.5 percent.

Wyandot County had the lowest area rate in June at 3.7 percent, which was a 0.8-percent increase from last month’s figure.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.5 percent in June, up from 4.3 percent in May and down from 5.1 percent in June of last year.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4 percent in June, up from 3.8 percent in May, but down from 4.3 percent in June 2017.

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