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Erie County unemployment rates up from last month

Melissa Topey • Aug 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

James Young said he’s been trying to land a job for about 18 months with no luck.

“I’m trying to find something stable,” said Young, 43, as he and his longtime girlfriend, Misty Hayes, 32, left the Erie County Job and Family Services one afternoon earlier this week.

“We’re struggling,” said Hayes, whose paycheck from her job at McDonald’s is all the family lives on these days.

As he held his 2-month-old son in his arms, Young explained how he has applied to every place that has a job opening, as well as most of the restaurants and fast food joints in town.

   Count Young among the approximately 3,100 Erie County residents who are unemployed. In July the county saw its unemployment jump slightly to 6.9 percent, from 6.6 percent.

In Huron County, the jobless rate jumped to 11 percent in July, up from 9.7 percent in June, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

“We have a small workforce, so any unemployment changes make a big impact in percentages,” said Jeff Felton, program administrator at Huron County Job and Family Services.

Felton said he was surprised at the increase, considering the area’s agricultural industry is normally busy in July. He was not aware of any layoffs at local farm companies, nor any in manufacturing.

With 1,700 people unemployed, Ottawa County’s rate remained flat in July at 8 percent, while the rate in Sandusky County rose to 7.2 percent, from 7 percent the month prior.

Statewide the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in July, unchanged from June.

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