October 25, 2014

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County jobless rate rises

Medina County’s unemployment rate rose last month to 6 percent — up from 5.5 percent in October and 5.4 percent in November 2012.

The year-over-year comparison is considered more valid because county jobless figures are not adjusted for seasonal factors, such as the decline in construction work with the onset of winter.

Ohio’s unadjusted rate was 7.1 percent last month while the seasonally adjusted rate was 7.4 percent.

The November employment statistics were released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The report found Medina’s civilian labor force — the number of residents with jobs or looking for work — rose slightly last month to 94,200, up 100 from October but 700 less than in November 2012.

The report found the unemployment rate was up in 60 of the state’s 88 counties. The highest rate was 15.6 percent in Monroe County, along the state’s southeast border. The lowest was 4.4 percent in Mercer County, in the far western part of the state.

Medina tied with Shelby County for the ninth-best unemployment rate.

Rates in the five neighboring counties from October to November were worse in Cuyahoga (7.4 percent, up from 6.9 percent), Ashland (7.4 percent, up from 7.1 percent) and Wayne County (6.1 percent, up from 6.0 percent).

Lorain County’s rate improved to 7.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in October.

Summit County’s 6.8 percent rate remained the same.