Portage County's jobless numbers jumped to 8.1 percent in January, up from 6.2 percent in December, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the third straight month of increase in the county number after three months of falling rates.
Ohio's statewide nonseasonal adjusted rate was 8.4 percent in January (7.0 percent adjusted), and rates increased in all 88 counties. The U.S. rates were 8.5 percent unadjusted and 7.9 percent adjusted.
Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased by 3,800 over the month, according to ODJFS, from a revised 5,175,000 in December to 5.178,800 in January.
Portage had the 27th lowest jobless rate in Ohio, down from 26th in December. A year previous, the county's January rate was 8.4 percent.
In January, there were 7,400 Portage residents jobless out of a workforce of 90,800, according to ODJFS.
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.
Unemployment rates in Ohio ranged from a low of 5.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 15.3 percent in Pike County.
Seven counties had jobless rates at or below 7.0 percent for the month while eight counties had rates above 13 percent.
January rates for the six counties contiguous to Portage are: Cuyahoga 8.3 (6.6 in Dec.); Geauga 7.6 (5.7 in Dec.); Mahoning 9.4 (7.3 in Dec.); Stark 8.7 (6.7 in Dec.); Summit 8.0 (6.2 in Dec.) and Trumbull 9.5 (8.0 in Dec.).
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