Ohio's jobless rate inches downward again

Ohio's unemployment rate continued its slow downward march in November, state officials reported Friday.
Associated Press
Dec 21, 2012

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent — down slightly from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.

It's the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008, and it's down more than a full percentage point from November 2011, when it stood at 8.1 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate has remained below the national rate, which was 7.7 percent in November and 7.9 percent the previous month.

"Our outlook hasn't changed at all," said Angela Terez, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. "We still think we're in a recovery, it's just a slow recovery. We expect there to be small increases and decreases."

The number of unemployed Ohio workers dropped by 5,000 to 391,000 last month. Meanwhile, the state's non-farm payroll increased by 1,600.

Ohio gained about 3,700 jobs in goods-producing industries in November, and manufacturing added 4,700. Construction lost 1,000 jobs, and mining and logging remained unchanged from the previous month.

The agency said Ohio gained 100,400 non-farm jobs between November 2011 and the end of last month. A total of 132,000 have been added since the beginning of 2011.

"The number of unemployed came down in November, but it's still high," Terez said. "It's headed in the right direction, but that's still a high number. We think this is another sign that we're in recovery, even though it's taken time and it's kind of a bumpy recovery."

The fact that many Ohioans are still struggling financially was underscored by Gov. John Kasich's announcement this week that he's sending another $1 million in state money to Ohio food banks to meet the growing need.

It's the second year in a row that Kasich authorized an additional appropriation for the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The money from the state's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families fund will benefit more than 3,300 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

 

Comments

mikel

Yet 17000 new unemployment apps from last month?

Nor'easter

For well over a year, there have been people who have fallen off the unemployment statistics as their unemployment benefits ran out. There are four in my extended family alone. Real unemployment rate is somewhere near double the government's propaganda. Simply more Barack Bull#%#%!

pavedparadise

Nor'easter

Many tend to forget---on purpose

From NPR:

Discouraged In Hunt For A Job, Many Stop Looking
by Yuki Noguchi -September 14, 2012

'Discouraged' is not just a state of mind. It's an official term the Labor Department uses to describe the 844,000 people who last month had given up on trying to find a job because they didn't think there was anything out there for them. So while the unemployment rate edged down this month, there are also more people who have quit sending out resumes, put their best suits back in the closet and stopped looking for work altogether.

Fromthe419

Wait until you see January and February reports, after UPS, FedEX and all the temporary jobs created by the Christmas season expire. It will go right back to where it was, there aren't REAL jobs being created anymore.

Bluto

And why is that ? Perhaps because corporate greed ships jobs that could be done on American soil to China , and India . Yet Unions are the bad guys . Don't give me that "Unions Workers are over paid" stuff , because these companies will still send the work overseas when they know they can pay slave wages . There is NO way for American workers union , or nonunion to compete with that .

Bluto

Every time the unemployment rate goes down , someone has to play that old broken record again .Don't worry though , it's winter and the numbers will be coming in for the seasonal layoff's and then we can hear the " I told you so's " . Ah, it's nice to know there are some things you can still count on . 8P ))))

Fromthe419

Bluto, read my post, I am not disagreeing with you. I am simply stating we are not creating real full time jobs and we as a nation are not going to see improvement until we create jobs that pay at least a "living" wage. Somehow we got of track as a nation. We actually believed if we spent money and went into debt our economy would grow and we would have a better standard of living. Keynesian Economics at it's finest, instead of building up the debt and spending of frivolous things we should have been building our infrastructure and investing in improving our productivity. We need private sector jobs, not government jobs that add nothing to the economy. I think we should jump out of NAFTA and the WTO...tariff the crap that comes into this county. If we can't make it here, do we really need it?

Bluto

I understand that , and don't disagree either . What I believe is that there are already plenty of existing jobs for Americans . It's just that American corporation in their all consuming greed have shipped those jobs overseas in order to maximize their already huge profits by exploiting those in other countries that don't have laws in place that provide any cost of living compensation ( slave wages ) . If these corporation pulled out of those countries and brought the jobs back to the U.S. I feel we would all benefit . They don't have to be union or non-union . Just produce here in America . Is that such a burden for these mega corps? . They are still going to be filthy rich , although maybe just a little less filthy . ; )

Dr. Information

And how would you explain the fact that public (union) and union workers make a lot more than the private sector worker doing the same job? Oh thats right, those union workers just work so much harder. Factor in the better retirement and benefits.......why not work for a union? You can't get fired and when you do they just hire you back at a different position. Just wait and see, the public sector that depends on tax payer money is really going to feel the pinch and Americans are saying "enough is enough".

Bluto

Wages and benefits are negotiated and agreed upon by both union members and employers . That's what happens when workers' hands aren't tied . Simple as that . As far a someone getting fired and rehired in a different position , I don't know about that . In my union , people who are fired can move to a different company , but a person who is fired often , will eventually find themselves out of my union . You have to remember not all unions are the same and neither are employers .

The Big Dog's back

Ahhhh private sector jobs increased while Gov jobs decreased.