By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer
Summit County’s jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent in December but remained higher than a year ago, according to figures released Tuesday.
The county had a 6.8 percent unemployment rate in November and was at 6.1 percent in December 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Summit County ended 2013 with an average unemployment rate for the year of 6.9 percent — higher than the 6.8 percent average for 2012 but well below the recent peak of 10 percent in 2010.
Akron’s unemployment rate fell from 7.5 percent in November to 6.9 percent in December but was higher than 6.7 percent a year ago.
Cuyahoga Falls saw its jobless rate drop from 6.2 percent in November to 5.9 percent in December; the rate a year ago was 5.8 percent.
The figures were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.
Ohio’s comparable jobless rate in December was 6.6 percent; the seasonally adjusted rate was 7.2 percent. The unadjusted U.S. unemployment rate was 6.5 percent; the seasonally adjusted figure was 6.7 percent.
Ohio said unemployment rates fell in 75 of the state’s 88 counties. Rates ranged from a low of 3.8 percent in Mercer County, on the border with Indiana, to a high of 14.6 percent in Monroe County in the southeast part of the state.
The jobless rates do not count unemployed people who have stopped looking for work or people who are working part-time but want full-time work.
There were 266,100 people counted as employed and 18,000 counted as unemployed in Summit County in December.
That compares to 266,800 working and 19,500 unemployed in November.
A year ago, there were 264,400 people counted as employed in the county and 17,200 counted as unemployed.
Since 2000, the peak number of people counted as employed in December was 281,500 in 2006.
The lowest number of employed people in Summit County for the month over the last 13 years was 260,400 in 2009.
The largest number of people counted as unemployed for the month peaked in December 2009 at 30,300; the jobless rate then was 10.4 percent.
The annual average for the county unemployment rate peaked at 10 percent in 2010, when there was an average of 259,900 people counted as employed each month with 28,700 counted as unemployed.
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