Delaware County’s jobless rate inches up to 3.1 percent


By Andrew Carter - andrewcarter@civitasmedia.com



Delaware County’s unemployment rate increased slightly in September, according to the latest figures released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The September jobless rate for Delaware County increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.1 percent over the August figure of 3 percent.

The estimated total number of county residents without work stands at 3,100, according to the report issued on Tuesday. The report showed that there are 96,800 Delaware County residents currently employed. The estimated total labor force for the county is 100,000.

Delaware has the third-lowest jobless rate in Ohio behind Mercer County (2.8 percent) and Holmes County (3 percent).

In September 2014, the unemployment rate for Delaware County was 3.8 percent.

Ohio’s total jobless figure remained unchanged from August at 4.3 percent, according to the September report.

In neighboring Franklin County, the jobless figure for September was 3.7 percent, up from 3.6 percent in August. The city of Columbus also experienced a one-tenth of 1 percent increase in September to 3.7 percent.

The jobless rates for Union County and Licking County remained the same in September as they were in August. Union registered a 3.3 percent rate, while Licking’s stayed at 3.8 percent.

To the north, Marion County saw its jobless figure rise slightly to 4.4 percent for September from 4.3 percent in August. Morrow County also experienced a slight increase in unemployment, from 4.1 percent in August to 4.2 percent in September.

Knox County’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent in September from 4 percent in August.

Around the state

Mercer County, located in west-central Ohio along the border with Indiana, once again boasted the lowest jobless rate in Ohio, posting a figure of 2.8 percent in September. That was up one-tenth of a percentage point over the August number of 2.7 percent. Mercer was the lone county in the state to have an unemployment rate under 3 percent.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Monroe County, seated along the Ohio River in the southeastern part of the state, was once again saddled with the highest unemployment rate in September at 8.4 percent. That was up from the August number of 8.3 percent.

By Andrew Carter

andrewcarter@civitasmedia.com

Andrew Carter can be reached at 740-413-0902 and on Twitter @AndrewCarterDG.

Andrew Carter can be reached at 740-413-0902 and on Twitter @AndrewCarterDG.