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Jobless rates in Summit County fall in October but remain higher than a year ago

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer

The unemployment rates in Summit County and its two largest cities fell in October but were higher than a year ago.

Summit County’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in October, down from 7 percent in September but up from 6 percent a year ago, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Akron had a 7.5 percent unemployment rate last month, down from 7.7 percent in September and up from 6.6 percent in October 2012.

Cuyahoga Falls had an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent last month, down from 6.5 percent in September and up from 5.9 percent a year ago.

The state said rates declined in 74 of Ohio’s 88 counties last month. Rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12 percent in Meigs County.

Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.

The comparable state rate was 7 percent; the comparable U.S. unemployment rate in October was also 7 percent. When seasonally adjusted, Ohio had a 7.5 percent unemployment rate and the nation had a 7.3 percent rate.

The unemployment rate does not count people who are unemployed but have stopped looking for work and does not count people working part time but who want full-time jobs.

The state also released jobs figures for Ohio’s metropolitan statistical areas, which can include multiple counties.

Jobs in the Akron metro area, made up of Summit and Portage counties, rose by 2,900 from September to 333,700 in October.

Jobs in goods-producing industries were unchanged at 53,300, while the private service industry added 1,200 jobs to 230,700. Government added 1,700 jobs to 49,700, with state government adding 1,100 jobs and local governments adding 600 jobs. Federal jobs were unchanged.

The state also on Tuesday released county and city unemployment rates showing the change from August to September. The October and September rates were released late because of the recent federal government shutdown.

Summit County’s unemployment rate in September rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in August and was up from 6.7 percent in September 2012.

Akron’s jobless rate in September rose to 7.7 percent from 7.5 percent in August and was up from 6.7 percent in September 2012. Cuyahoga Falls’ September unemployment rate of 6.5 percent was up from 6.3 percent in August and up from 5.9 percent in September 2012.

Elsewhere:

• Cuyahoga County’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in October, the same as in September and up from 6.5 percent a year ago. Cleveland’s jobless rate was 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in September and up from 8.3 percent a year ago.

• Medina County’s jobless rate was 5.6 percent last month, the same as in September and up from 5.2 percent in October 2012.

• Portage County’s unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in October from 6.8 percent in September and was up from 5.9 percent a year ago.

• Stark County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent last month from 7.5 percent in September and was up from 6.4 percent a year ago.

Canton’s jobless rate was 8.6 percent, down from 8.9 percent in September and up from 7.5 percent a year ago.

• Wayne County’s unemployment rate fell to 6 percent in October from 6.4 percent in September and was up from 5.3 percent in October 2012.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com.



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