OHIO VALLEY — After falling from the top last month, Meigs County moved further from the state’s top unemployment rate in the month of December.
Meigs County now ranks fifth in the state in unemployment while Gallia County is 19th.
For Meigs County, the jump to fifth caps a year that saw Meigs holding the states’ highest mark for a third of 2013.
Monroe County currently holds the top spot at 14.6 percent, followed by Pike County at 11.7 percent, Ottawa County at 11.5 percent, Morgan County and 11.1 percent and Meigs County at 10.9 percent.
Meigs County held a rate of 12.3 percent in November.
Gallia County saw a slight jump in unemployment in December, posting a rate of 8.1 percent for the month. Gallia County was at 7.7 percent in November, its lowest rate since Nov. 2012.
In Dec. 2012, Gallia County had an unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, while Meigs County’s rate was identical to Dec. 2013 at 10.9 percent.
The highest rates of 2013 for both Meigs and Gallia counties came in January. In January, the rate for Gallia County was at 11 percent. June was the second highest month at 8.8 percent. For Meigs County, January was the year’s highest rate at 14.4 percent. February was the second highest at 12.8 percent.
When it comes to unemployment rates — in terms of rankings, it’s a good thing when a county’s number rises with the higher the ranking, the lower the unemployment.
Counties with an unemployment rate above 10 percent (in addition to Monroe, Pike, Ottawa, Morgan and Meigs) were Scioto at 10.8 percent, Huron at 10.8, and Adams at 10.5
Mercer County remains ranked 88th with an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent, followed by Holmes County at 4.3, Auglaize County at 4.6, Delaware County at 4.6 and Union County at 4.8.
Ohio had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in December, down from 7.1 percent in November.
The national unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in December, down from 6.6 percent in November.
A total of 37 Ohio counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate. Another 3 counties had a rate between the national and state rate.
In southeast Ohio, other unemployment numbers include, Athens County, 7.5 percent; Hocking County, 7.2 percent; Jackson County, 8.5 percent; Lawrence County, 6.4 percent; Morgan County, 11.1 percent; Perry County, 8.4 percent; Ross County, 7.9 percent; Vinton County, 9.6 percent; and Washington County, 6.6 percent. Of those counties, only Washington and Morgan saw an increase in unemployment.
In December, Mason County’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, a decrease from 9.4 percent in November.
Wetzel County had West Virginia’s highest unemployment rate at 10.5 percent. Monongalia County was the lowest at 3.4 percent.