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Highland County jobless rates increases to 16.1 percent


Once again, Highland County leads a list which it would prefer not to. Among the state's 88 counties, the November 2009 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 7.2 percent in Delaware and Holmes Counties to a high of 16.1 percent in Highland County. Rates increased in 63 of the 88 counties. In November, the comparable rate for Ohio was 10.2 percent. (See table below).

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 8.0 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Delaware and Holmes, were: Geauga, 7.4; Lawrence, 7.9; and Medina and Mercer, 8.0 percent.

Nine counties had unemployment rates above 14.0 percent during November. The counties with the highest rates, other than Highland, were: Morgan, 15.5; Pike, 15.3; Clinton, 15.0; Noble, 14.8; Meigs, 14.7; Ottawa, 14.6; Williams, 14.3; and Adams, 14.1 percent.

EDITOR’S NOTE: These estimates, prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, are based on 2008 benchmark and geared to county of residence. Unemployment rates for all Ohio counties as well as cities with populations of 50,000 or more are presented in the monthly ODJFS Civilian Labor Force Estimates publication. Updated statewide historical data may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Labor Market Information at (614) 466-1109.

December 2009 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by ODJFS on Friday, January 22, 2010. County, city and metropolitan area unemployment rates will be available on Tuesday, January 26, 2010. This information and the monthly statistical summaries it is based on are also available at

Ranking Report Ohio Unemployment Rates by County November 2009

Rank (b) County Unemployment Rank (b) County Unemployment

Morgan County 15.5

Pike County 15.3

Clinton County 15.0

Noble County 14.8

Meigs County 14.7

Ottawa County 14.6

Williams County 14.3

Adams County 14.1

Trumbull County 13.8

Huron County 13.7

Jefferson County 13.7

Carroll County 13.5

Crawford County 13.3

Van Wert County 13.2

Mahoning County 13.2

Monroe County 13.1

Ashtabula County 13.1

Fulton County 13.0

Columbiana County 13.0

Perry County 12.9

Scioto County 12.7

Vinton County 12.5

Coshocton County 12.4

Henry County 12.3

Muskingum County 12.3

Defiance County 12.2

Ashland County 12.2

Seneca County 12.2

Ross County 12.1

Richland County 12.1

Shelby County 12.0

Paulding County 12.0

Fayette County 11.9

Lucas County 11.8

Harrison County 11.6

Wyandot County 11.6

Guernsey County 11.6

Stark County 11.5

Miami County 11.5

Hardin County 11.5

Brown County 11.5

Preble County 11.5

Champaign County 11.5

Montgomery County 11.4

Hocking County 11.3

Pickaway County 11.1

Erie County 11.0

Sandusky County 10.9

Darke County 10.8

Allen County 10.8

Jackson County 10.7

Tuscarawas County 10.7

Marion County 10.6

Morrow County 10.5

Clark County 10.4

Wood County 10.3

Summit County 10.0

Greene County 10.0

Auglaize County 10.0

Putnam County 9.8

Portage County 9.8

Clermont County 9.8

Belmont County 9.7

Lorain County 9.5

Butler County 9.4

Hamilton County 9.2

Washington County 9.2

Hancock County 9.2

Cuyahoga County 9.2

Wayne County 9.2

Gallia County 9.2

Knox County 9.1

Licking County 8.9

Madison County 8.9

Warren County 8.8

Athens County 8.7

Fairfield County 8.6

Lake County 8.5

Union County 8.5

Franklin County 8.4

Medina County 8.0

Mercer County 8.0

Lawrence County 7.9

Geauga County 7.4

Holmes County 7.2

Delaware County 7.2


[a] These estimates, prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, are based on 2008 benchmark, are geared to county of residence, and NOT seasonally adjusted. (b) Rankings based upon unrounded unemployment rates. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development Bureau of Labor Market Information Columbus 43215

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