Ohio's jobless rate slowly inching downward

Ohio's jobless rate showed slow and steady improvement in December, state officials reported Friday.
Associated Press
Jan 19, 2013

 

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent — down slightly from 6.8 percent in November and 6.9 percent in October, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said.

It's the lowest since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent. The rate reached a high of 10.6 percent for several months in 2009 and early 2010.

Officials said the state's economy is improving slowly, and it will take time for a full recovery. Still, Ohio's unemployment rate for December was well below the national average of 7.8 percent, which was unchanged from November. Ohio's unemployment rate has improved from 7.9 percent in December 2011.

The number of unemployed in Ohio has decreased 70,000 in the past 12 months.

The state agency reported 388,000 people out of work last month, down from 391,000 the previous month. Meanwhile, the state's non-farm wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the last month, according to the latest business establishment survey by the U.S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the state agency.

Ohio gained about 1,000 jobs in goods-producing industries in December, and manufacturing added 900. Construction lost 100 jobs, and mining and logging remained unchanged from the previous month. Job losses were seen in service-producing industries.

The agency said Ohio has gained 90,700 non-farm jobs between December 2011 and the end of last month. Service-providing industries added 70,100 jobs over that period.

 

Comments

luvblues2

When people can't claim unemployment benefits anymore, who counts them and how? I know of several. They just drop off the list and the state claims, "hey! they must have a job! we're on the upswing!"

Even the hottest summertime rain just doesn't fall only on my shin and look as yellow as that.

Dr. Information

They simply do not get counted anymore. They fall off the sheet because they aren't counting nor want to count those who are still unemployed after unemployment benefits run out. If they did figure these people in, my guess would be unemployment would jump to around 10-11%.

These articles are just as misleading as the foreclosure articles. Ahh, is it that foreclosures are really slowing down? Or that the government has taken back so many houses that there just aren't that much more to get? I'd easily say the later.

coasterfan

Continued improvement. Works for me! More new jobs and fewer new people applying for unemployment. Beats the alternative, no?

Swamp Fox

More people on goverment assistance in the last fours years than anytime in our history, yea that sounds like an improvement for the Santa Claus mentality crowd....

The Big Dog's back

Ah yes, the doom and gloomers are out early. winnie, where are you?

Contango

@ Dog:

So how and why is this positive?

The Big Dog's back

It's the lowest since July 2008, when the rate was 6.6 percent. The rate reached a high of 10.6 percent for several months in 2009 and early 2010.

Contango

@ Dog:

So you take the numbers at face value?

Good for you for giving Gov. Kasich credit!

Dr. Information

@ big. Thanks for backing Kasich. He's doing Ohio good. I was wondering when you were going to give credit where credit was due. Re-elect Kasich.

Contango

From the article:

"Meanwhile, the state's non-farm wage and salary employment decreased 9,400 over the last month,"

Reads more like a decline in the labor force participation rate.

Nationally, the percentage of the labor work force is at thirty yr. lows.

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/L...

Better to count the number employed than use specious "unemployment" numbers.

Know this: The Fed Reserve has an employment mandate and has been "pushing on a string" by using ZIRP in addition to Treasury and mortgage bond buying.

"I don't believe significant inflation is going to be a result of any of this," - Ben Bernanke

And this from the same man who totally missed the '08 financial crisis!

In Ben We Trust. :)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/mo...

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/...

The Big Dog's back

So you are saying kassick is deceiving us?

Contango

@ Dog:

All's fair in politics right?

BTW: Pres. Obama hasn't met with his jobs council in a yr.

A 7.8% national unemployment rate and historic low labor participation rates must be OK with him.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/un...

The Big Dog's back

Another phony outrage.

Contango

@ Dog:

So what has the Jobs Council accomplished and why did your King set it up?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/admini...

44846GWP

Spin it Winnie, spin it!

Fromthe419

I would like to see what the numbers for welfare and food stamps are as the unemployment drops and see if these are increasing. I think we will find that they are just moving from one form of assistance to another.

Cowboy

I suppose the auto and housing industries are posting false numbers also??? I know you don't want to hear this but the economy is getting stronger and more people are going back to work since 2008. Sorry to give you the bad news.

Contango

@ Cowboy:

It's a reflection of the business cycle and the Fed's ZIRP and QE policies.

Just keep believing the economic smoke and mirrors.

The govt. is supporting 90% of the mortgages in this counry.

http://www.standardandpoors.com/...

We've been creating a govt. debt bubble.

goofus
deertracker

Ahhh, the doom and gloomers never take a break. Things just can't be getting better because........why? I wish the gov't would support my mortgage. Do they support yours pooh? Do tell how I can be part of the 90%. Be sure to watch the inauguration tomorrow on your giant flat screen and please try to enjoy it pooh!

Contango

@ deertracker:

Fact: If the economy were on solid footing, Mr. Bernanke wouldn't be keeping interest rates near zero or buying $85 billion worth of Treasuries and mortgage bonds monthly.

"We are not out of the woods. We are approaching a number of other critical watersheds." - Ben Bernanke

Enjoy a...ah...tall glass of...er....Obama brand...ah....ah...Kook-Aid while...uh...uh...watching the....ah....coronation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/mo...

shucks

Gotta be trolling or nuts.

goofus

A little pot calling the kettle black there,resident troll in charge

deertracker

Ah yes, the coronation. I think I'll watch it on FOX/Faux News.

Contango

@ deertracker:

Surprising if he doesn't place the crown on his own head. I mean who's qualified and "glorious" enough?

shucks

Sooooo glad that Romney lost.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Me too. Mr. Romney woulda just delayed the inevitable financial collapse.

2016 - $20T Federal deficit

reporter54

you say 'they' like we're all a bunch of lazy moochers. people on unemployment generally do get called back to work; they have seasonal jobs or find something else. some do not because of age or no jobs. many people have been out of work for years because of the economy and through no fault of their own. I am sure many have received food stamps so that they can at least eat but not all of them. there are many people that will still not accept any type of welfare (unemployment isn't welfare). if one does not qualify for a program, believe me, they do not get it and all the people on assistance and/or unemployment are not drug abusers or lazy or a certain race or anything that you all assume in your ignorance. the economy is still not as wonderful as they report and may get worse so start stocking up; there might not be food stamp program in the future.

vicariouslyAlive

you say people are out of work through not fault of their own, yet McDonalds and wal*mart are always hiring... and i highly doubt all of those people on assistance are either injured or readily able to pass a drug screen... yes, we live in a tourist attraction area... yes, construction is a seasonal job as well... but the whole damn county doesn't shut down in the winter... kalahari is always looking for lifeguards judging by the sign on 250... so please tell me again how many jobs we dont have around here?

luvblues2

A leech speaks. Get your fill of blood today, vampire? I really hope that since you use the word vicariously in your handle, that you understand it's meaning. It isn't a word most would know. And it certainly doesn't suit your last post in the least. Might wanna re-think the handle if you're gonna have that attitude.

vicariouslyAlive

vicarious - preformed, exercise, received, or suffered in place of another. put that in front of alive is could possibly mean to be alive through the actions of others. it could also mean to suffer through the acts of other, both in order to be alive.

or i simply could have pulled it from a TOOL song written by Maynard James Kenan titled "Vicarious" which talks about the media only being popular because it showcases more tragedy than it does positive stories, and the thrill people feel from it living vicariously (relating or experiencing) through the horror stories told through the media. which would seem quite fitting to use it as a "handle" and you put it... which at this point is a very antiquated term for internet speak... for a news paper website.

i thank you for your interest in my screen name though... a pitty that i had to explain it to you... kind of like telling a joke and having to explain the punch line...

and i wasn't aware that because i choose a certain screen name that all of my comments should reflect the name at all times... i highly doubt a person that would have a screen name such as "luvblues2" wouldnt enjoy classic rock, jazz, or other forms of music... so unless all of you comments are blues related... you really dont have much room to talk about how ones screen name doesnt reflect their comments... just throwing that out there.

it doesnt mean blood sucker... because living vicariously has little to do with anything physical, more so the imagining of being in someone els's shoes as the old proverb would put it... so maybe you need to re-educate yourself on the meaning of a word before you start to point someone out.

nice try and have a nice day.

Cowboy

Gotta love the far right doom and gloomers. Hope you enjoy your day off Monday! Ha ha ha!

anthras

I do not work for the government or the banks, I had to work today so the government can continue to pay those that receive hand outs in lieu of working

Contango

@ Cowboy:

Reads like besides your faith in "The Barack" there's no substance.

So other than borrow, tax and spend, what's he done? Other than printing, buying and keeping interest rates low since 2008 what's Mr. Bernanke done?

A paid holiday? Must be a public employee.

shucks

@ con

What do you expect Mr. Bernanke to do? Magic or what?

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Mr. Bernanke IS performing "magic." If fact he's "printing" money outa thin air.

Why do you think that the economy is limping along without any fiscal help from Congress and the Prez?

starryeyes83

What's really amazing is that they keep touting go back to school... but they don't really say how many jobs will be available after you finish.

vicariouslyAlive

and really... going back to school isn't much help if your major is in medieval gothic literature... which i always find it amusing when people go to college for these abstract majors expecting there to be a job in their field... when they do that college pretty much was a waste... there's a growing percentage of college grads that do not find a job in the field of their primary study. which begs to ask the question, why go at all if there's a growing chance that you wont be able to get a job in your chosen field? nursing students end up store managers, agricultural grads end up running logistics for shipping companies... i could go on and on about the people that spent tens of thousands of dollars to study in one field and end up with a career that doesn't come close to relating to their field of study... and yes, those are actual people that i know that i used as examples.

Dr. Information

So kasich is doing a great job then. I'll not play the doom and gloom card. Man up liberals.....Kasich is doing Ohio Great!

Contango
arnmcrmn

Thanks Kasich for doing Ohio justice and getting things back on track. After years of horrible leadership at the top, this was much needed.