Washington unemployment rate at 5.1 percent

According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in January, up from 4.8 percent in December. "But once you start getting below 5 percent there aren't a whole lot of mass layoffs and people having trouble, or taking a long time to find a new job". The rate was 0.3-percent higher than January 2016.

The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. A year ago, the local unemployment rate was 0.5 percent points better than the nationwide figure - now it's 1.1 percentage points better.

Countywide employment was 197,700 in January, the state report shows. The unemployment rate counts the percentage of people who are unemployed and actively looking for work, and doesn't include those who have stopped looking for work.

The state seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment reached more than 2-point-97 million in January, up more than 73-hundred jobs from the previous month. Delaware County's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, Hancock and Holmes counties had jobless rates at 4.4 percent, and Union County joined Auglaize County at 4.5 percent. Keyes had a rate of 14.6 percent in January, up from the 13.5 percent in December. Ohio's jobless rate also increased, but only slightly, from 4.9 percent to 5 percent.

As mentioned above, the unemployment rate increased in all 88 counties, which is not unusual for January, when a number of temporary holiday jobs have come to an end.

The 10 companies that posted the most help wanted ads for January in Stanislaus County were: West Suburban Medical Center - 202; The Hospitals of Providence - 136; Ceres Unified School District - 105; Tenet Healthcare Corporation - 97; Sutter Health - 87; Pizza Hut - 54; TruStaff - 52; Supplemental Health Care - 47; Modesto City Schools - 44; and California State University System - 51.

  • Lila Blake