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Jobless rates rise in Summit, all other Ohio counties in January

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer

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Jobless rates rose in Summit County and all 87 other counties in Ohio in January.

Summit County’s unemployment rate rose to 7.1 percent in January from 6.4 percent in December, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Tuesday. A year ago the rate was 10 percent.

Akron’s jobless rate rose to 7.1 percent in January from 6.4 percent in December; the rate a year ago was 8.3 percent.

Cuyahoga Falls had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in January, up from 6 percent in December and down from 8 percent in January 2013.

There were 261,700 people counted as working in Summit County in January, down 2,000 from 263,700 in December. The figure was up 7,900 from 253,800 counted as working in January 2013.

The January 2014 employment levels were the highest for the month since 2009, when there were 266,500 people counted as working in the county for the month.

The 2014 January Summit County jobs level is far below the month’s peak — since 2000 — of 274,400 in 2008; the unemployment rate then was 6 percent.

Also in Northeast Ohio:

• Cuyahoga County’s jobless rate grew to 8.8 percent in January from 7.2 percent in December. The rate a year ago was 8.5 percent. Cleveland’s jobless rate rose to 11.3 percent in January from 9.4 percent in December and was down from 10.8 percent a year ago.

• Medina County’s unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in January from 6.1 percent in December; the rate a year ago was 7.7 percent.

• Portage County’s unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in January, up from 6.6 percent in December and below 8.5 percent in January 2013.

• Stark County’s jobless rate in January was 7.4 percent, up from 6.8 percent in December and down from 8.9 percent a year ago. Canton’s unemployment rate rose from 7.9 percent in December to 8.6 percent in January; the rate was 10 percent a year earlier.

• Wayne County’s unemployment rate hit 6.2 percent in January, up from 5.8 percent in December and down from 7.4 percent in January 2013.

The comparable jobless rate for Ohio was 7.5 percent. Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.

Unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.4 percent in Mercer County to a high of 15 percent in Monroe County.

The unemployment figures do not count people who have stopped looking for work or people who are working part time but want a full-time job.

February unemployment rates for the state, counties and large cities will be released later this month.

The state also released January unemployment data for what are called metropolitan statistical areas, which combine counties.

The unemployment rate in the Akron metropolitan area — Summit and Portage counties — in January was 7.2 percent, up from 6.5 percent in December and down from 8.4 percent a year ago.

The number of people working in the Akron metro area totaled 325,400, down 7,700 from December but up 9,500 from a year ago.

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


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