Jobless rates drop in Meigs, Gallia


Beth Sergent - [email protected]



OHIO VALLEY — For the second consecutive month, jobless rates dropped in Meigs and Gallia counties.

Unemployment numbers for April included Meigs County at 7.8 percent, down from March’s 9.6 percent unemployment. Meigs was ranked sixth out of 88 counties in terms of unemployment. Gallia County was at 6.3 percent unemployment in April, down from March’s 7.6 percent, ranking it at 22 out of 88 counties, according to statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Monroe County had the highest unemployment rate in the state in April at 12.3 percent, while the lowest belonged to Mercer County at 3 percent.

Across the river in Mason County, W.Va., the jobless rate also continued to drop with Mason County having an unemployment rate of 7 percent, down from March’s 8.1 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April, up from 5.1 percent in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 302,000, up 8,000 from 294,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the April 2015 rate of 5 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5 percent, unchanged from March and down from 5.4 percent in April 2015.

Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April 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 904,800, lost 2,000 jobs over the month. Job losses in manufacturing (-2,700) and mining and logging (-200) exceeded job gains in construction (+900). The private service-providing sector, at 3,803,200, lost 4,600 jobs. Employment losses in professional and business services (-5,100), trade, transportation, and utilities (-2,900), other services (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (-800), and information (-100) surpassed gains in financial activities (+4,100) and educational and health services (+1,200). Government employment, at 769,800, decreased 7,000 in local (-6,100), state (-500), and federal (-400) government.

From April 2015 to April 2016, nonagricultural wage and salary employment grew 71,900. Employment in goods-producing industries increased 5,600. Construction added 10,200 jobs. Mining and logging lost 2,900 jobs. Manufacturing employment decreased 1,700 as losses in durable goods (-7,500) exceeded gains in nondurable goods (+5,800). The private service-providing sector added 64,800 jobs. Gains in educational and health services (+24,000), leisure and hospitality (+15,500), trade, transportation, and utilities (+11,200), financial activities (+9,800), other services (+4,800), and information (+200) outweighed losses in professional and business services (-700). Government employment increased 1,500 as gains in state (+2,900) and federal (+300) government outweighed losses in local government (-1,700).

Information for this article provided by WorkForce West Virginia and ODJFS.

Beth Sergent

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Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

Reach Beth Sergent at [email protected] or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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