State, regional, local jobless rates continue to improve

  • State, regional, local jobless rates continue to improve

State, regional, local jobless rates continue to improve

Crook County's jobless rate also remains at historic lows, falling.1% to 5.6%, last month.

The jobless rate dropped to 5.9 percent in May, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous month and down 1.5 percentage points from the same month past year.

Richland County's unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in May, rising from 3.5 percent in April.

In Lake County the unemployment rate in May dropped to 4.0 percent, from 4.1 percent in April (6.0 percent in May 2016). Of Ohio's 88 counties, 53 saw an increase in unemployment, while the jobless rate decreased in 27 counties, and remained the same in eight counties. Next was Lincoln (down from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent) and Johnson (down from 4.3 percent to 3.9 percent) counties.

The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 283,200 in May 2016 to 279,000 in May 2017, a decrease of 4,200 jobs (or -1.5 percent; not a statistically significant change).

For the fifth straight month, Linn County either tied or set another record-low unemployment figure. This was virtually unchanged from April.

Statewide, in addition to Mercer, Putnam, and Auglaize counties, seven counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in May.

"Texas employers created 266,600 jobs over the past year, and the Texas economy continues to provide competitive advantages to large and small business owners across the state", TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

Vigo and Sullivan counties remain higher than the state average. Owatonna's rate dipped slightly from 3.4 percent in April to 3.2 percent in May. However, the number of jobless increased by 14 to 1,055. Deschutes County also posted big gains in the labor force, adding 5,000 employed residents in the past year.

The official national unemployment rate in May was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in April (4.9 percent in May 2016). It is created to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. A worker is considered to be unemployed if they are actively looking for work but can't find a job.