Jobless rate continues to increase

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

Champaign County’s unemployment rate continued to increase in June, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The county’s unemployment rate increased from a revised 4.1 percent in May to 4.4 percent in June. In April, the county’s unemployment rate dropped from 4.8 percent to 4.0 percent.

While the number of employed people remained at 19,400, the number of unemployed people increased by 100 to 900 in June.

In June 2014, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.

Champaign County was one of 20 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June, up from 4.0 percent in May.

Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.4 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 9.6 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in June, unchanged from May. Ohio’s non-farm wage and salary employment decreased 1,900 over the month, from a revised 5,398,600 in May to 5,396,700 in June.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 296,000, down 6,000 from 302,000 in May. The number of unemployed people decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 322,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.6 percent in June 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 5.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in May and down from 6.1 percent in June 2014.

By Nick Walton

[email protected]

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.