June 27, 2016

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Medina County jobless rate drops below 6 percent

MEDINA — The unemployment rate in Medina County dropped for the fourth straight month in October, according to state data.

Unemployment in October was 5.9 percent, which was down two tenths of a percent from the September rate of 6.1 percent, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The August rate came in at 6.6 percent.

Bill Hanigan

“It’s good when we’re steadily dropping,” said Bill Hanigan, director of the Medina County Workforce Development Center.

Hanigan noted that jobs in manufacturing, information technology, truck driving, customer service and retail are becoming more available countywide.

“We’re in pretty good standing compared to our neighboring counties,” Hanigan said.

The October unemployment rate in Ashland and Stark counties was 9.1 percent; Lorain County, 8.5 percent; Summit County, 8.1 percent; Portage County, 7.9 percent; Wayne County, 7.6 percent; and Cuyahoga County, 7.4 percent, he said.

The county with the highest October unemployment rate in the state was Pike at 15 percent, and the lowest was Geauga County with 5.4 percent.

Ohio unemployment fell to 9 percent in October from 9.1 percent in September, according to state data. The state matched the national unemployment rate both months.

Medina County experienced an unemployment rate as high as 10 percent in February 2010. The lowest unemployment rate for the county was 4.3 percent in October 2006.

Hanigan said unemployment is likely to rise this month through February in Medina County.

“Industries tend to pull back during the holidays,” he said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.