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Portage County unemployment rate increases to 6% in November

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published: December 28, 2012 11:24 AM
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Portage County's unemployment rate ticked up two tenths of a percentage point from 5.8 percent in October to 6.0 percent in November, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the first increased after three straight months of decline.

Portage had the 20th lowest jobless rate out of Ohio's 88 counties. A year ago, the county's November rate was 6.7 percent.

During the past recession, the jobless rate in Portage peaked at 11.5 percent in January, 2010. The lowest rate for Portage in the past six years was 4.3 percent in May, 2006.

In November, there were 5,500 people unemployed out of a workforce of 91,500, according to ODJFS.

The number of jobless workers in Ohio was 396,000, down from 406,000 in September, according to ODJFS. The number of unemployed has decreased by 88,000 in the past 12 months from 484,000. The October jobless rate for Ohio was 8.3 percent a year ago.

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The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.7 percent, down from 7.9 percent in October, and down from 8.7 percent in November 2011.

Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in November, down from 6.9 percent in October, according to data released Friday.

Jobless rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.9 percent in Pike County. Rates increased in 66 of the 88 counties. Ten counties had jobless rates at or below 5.5 percent in November while eight had rates at or above 9.5 percent.

Rates of five of six counties contiguous to Portage went up. Only Trumbull went down, from 7.8 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November. The others were: Cuyahoga, 7.0 (6.2 in Oct.); Geauga, 5.5 (4.7 in Oct.); Mahoning, 6.9 (6.6 in Oct.); Stark, 6.4 (6.2 in Oct.); Summit, 6.0 (5.9 in Oct).

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anonymous Dec 30, 2012 9:03 AM

"These percentage reports try to create optimism."

Conservatives like Bill and Redleg want no part of that.

The Conservative political campaign is based on fear tactics.

anonymous Dec 29, 2012 7:06 AM

Obamanomics starting to set in. Get ready to greatly reduce your standard of living.

anonymous Dec 28, 2012 5:38 PM

Looks like Bill is still beating that dead horse.

Time to take the Romney signs down and bring in the empty chair Bill.

anonymous Dec 28, 2012 12:20 PM

These percentage reports try to create optimism. The real situation is far worse then ever published. The census report immediately changed the unemployment percent from 10% to 8%. Wow...great job! The rates do not count those who gave up looking and no longer get welfare. The rates ignor those who took part time jobs when they need full time income. Giving more and more people OPM is not going to help with anything except keep the politicians who give OPM to the masses in office.