July 2, 2016

Mostly clear

Medina County’s jobless rate up slightly

COLUMBUS — The jobless rate in Medina County inched up 0.1 percentage last month.

Unemployment in February was 7.3 percent, which is up slightly from the January rate of 7.2 percent, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. December’s county jobless rate was 5.9 percent.

“We’re still seeing a bit of a seasonal spike in unemployment after the seasonal holiday layoffs,” said Susan Kukucka, administrative assistant for the director of the Medina County Workforce Development Center. “Hopefully we’ll see some work pick up soon.”

The unemployment rate in Medina County for February 2011 was 7.9 percent, according to state data.

The county’s jobless rate remains lower than many neighboring counties. Unemployment in Lorain and Stark counties was 8.7 percent in February; Portage County came in at 8.3 percent, Summit County, 8.2 percent; Cuyahoga County, 8 percent, and Wayne County, 7.6 percent.

Unemployment rates declined last month in 65 of Ohio’s 88 counties, according to Job and Family Services. Mercer County was lowest at 5.5 percent and the high was 15.7 percent in Pike County.

Medina County experienced an unemployment rate as high as 9.5 percent in February 2010. The county’s lowest jobless rate was 4.7 percent in November 2006.

Ohio’s unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent in February, which was down from 7.7 percent in January and the lowest rate since November 2008, according to state data.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.