May unemployment figures fall

Erie, Ottawa, Huron and Sandusky counties see decline
Melissa Topey
Jun 25, 2014


The anticipated summer drop in area unemployment figures has begun.

Unemployment figures in May fell for Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky counties, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Erie County came in with the lowest unemployment rate for the four-county area, ranking 66th overall on a list of 88 counties.

That rare, but not unheard of, occurrence bumped Sandusky County out of its normal last-place ranking, coming in 56th out of 88.

Erie County in May officially recorded 1,900 people unemployed out of a workforce of 41,400 people. That is a 4.6 percent unemployment rate, down from the 5.4 percent unemployment rate in April.

“It's a great figure, wonderful, for Erie County,” said Peter Zaehringer, executive director Erie County Economic Development Corporation.

He attributes the reduction in May to the beginning of the tourism season. May is traditionally when Cedar Point, restaurants and hotels hire staff to handle the influx of people coming into the county.

Erie County, however, does not rely entirely on tourism, he said, pointing to its agriculture, the healthcare industry and a manufacturing jobs base.

“The tourism industry in the last five years only added 400 jobs,” Zaehringer said. “Manufacturing in Erie County added 1,200 jobs.”

Sandusky County saw an official unemployment count of 1,500 people unemployed out of a workforce 31,700 people. That accounts for a 4.8 percent unemployment rate.

Huron County in May saw its unemployment rate fall to 6.7 percent from 7.9 percent the month before. That means 1,700 people are officially on the unemployment rolls out of a workforce of 26,100 people.

The dip in unemployment makes since to Carol Knapp, executive director of the Huron County Development Council.

“Huron County's leading No. 1 industry is agriculture. We have 217,000 acres of farmland,” Knapp said.

And work in the fields would was gearing up in May.

There was also an upswing in the construction industry in the county, she said.

Ottawa County saw its unemployment figure plummet to 5.6 percent in May, down from 7.4 percent in April.

Erie and Sandusky counties fared better than the states' reported 5.5 percent May unemployment figure.






County     May 2014      April 2014      May 2013

Huron         6.7                7.9                  9.2

Ottawa        5.6                7.4                  7.9

Sandusky    4.8                5.2                  6.8

Erie              4.6                5.4                  6.6



United States Unemployment Rate

Unemployment Rate in the United States remained unchanged at 6.30 percent in May of 2014 from 6.30 percent in April of 2014. Unemployment Rate in the United States averaged 5.83 Percent from 1948 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 10.80 Percent in November of 1982 and a record low of 2.50 Percent in May of 1953. Unemployment Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Darwin's choice

Your source is flawed.

See the link provided by Grumpy, below, for the true unemployment numbers.

Your neighbor

It fell because alot of people's unemployment ran out. There are no more extensions. I don't know why they try to make it look good!


You could not be more wrong. The unemployment calculations use MANY factors to determine the rate, and the number of people collecting unemployment is a very small factor for this very reason. (Also, a lot of unemployed people don't qualify for benefits.)

Before you start spouting off nonsense, maybe try to educate yourself. The agency that calculates the rate posted its methodology online. You should try reading it sometime:


Unemployment from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for May 2014, U1 through U6 Read what each deignation counts. U6 is what the real unemployment counts, but U3 is what the gov't publishes as the official unemployment number is.

Here is a chart and historical data, on U6, from 2010 through current date If you click on links on this site you can go back even further.


So, in other words, after unemployment hit an alltime high under Reagan, it was lower under Clinton. Then, under George W. Bush, it rose again, almost matching the all time high, only to drop again under Obama. Thanks for reminding me of one of the main reasons I vote Democrat.


Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JudgeMeNot's picture

“Dude…look over here at this shiny new record low unemployment number and stop focusing on my incompetency already.”


Re: "unemployment,"

ONLY tracks those receiving unemployment benefits.

A better indicator is the U.S. labor force participation rate, currently at HISTORIC LOWS.

May - 62.8%

Vote Socialist (Democrat): Fewer people working, more people on the dole.


Re: "Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama"

Per usual, you focus on the wrong end of the horse and TOTALLY ignore the Federal Reserve's policies.

JMOP's picture

I looked on the charts one, and I could only go as far back as 2006 then it asked for an upgrade.

Saw the big upward spike in 2010 at over 17.5%. With a very slow decrease to over 11% in the last date.

Nothing to brag about, especially when the food Stamps (whatever it's called these days) is at an all time high.


Re: "food Stamps,"

The new billions of dollars in federal unearned entitlement payments masks the true economy - depression levels.

The soup kitchen and bread lines of the 30s have been replaced with a govt. check - it's hidden.


"replaced with a gov't check"

with food stamps it is a debt card.


Re: "food stamps"

Lots of other 'tasty' billions of dollars worth of federal transfer of payments other than just EBT cards.