COLUMBUS — Clinton County’s unemployment rate improved to 12.9 percent in May, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (JFS).
The state agency reported there were about 2,300 unemployed people in Clinton County in May. That means 800 Clinton Countians went from being jobless in April to having a job in May.
The 12.9 percent local unemployment rate in May was an improvement over Clinton County’s April rate of 17.2 percent.
Clinton County’s rate of 12.9 percent is half a percentage point better than Ohio’s statewide rate in May of 13.4 percent.
Of the counties that geographically touch Clinton County, Highland County had the highest unemployment rate in May: 14.o percent.
Of all Ohio counties, Erie County on the north-central border of the state had the worst rate in May: 19.9 percent.
The state reports that Ohio’s unemployment rate was 13.7% (seasonally adjusted) in May, down from a revised 17.6% in April. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 127,100 over the month, from a revised 4,704,000 in April to 4,831,100 in May 2020.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 788,000, down 211,000 from 999,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 551,000 in the past 12 months from 237,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.1% in May 2019.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 13.3%, down from 14.7% in April, and up from 3.6% in May 2019.
In Ohio, the state reports that employment in goods-producing industries, at 840,000, increased 38,400 over the month with gains in construction (+19,200), manufacturing (+19,000), and mining and logging (+200). The private service-providing sector, at 3,274,500 increased 112,000 as gains in leisure and hospitality (+36,600), trade, transportation, and utilities (+31,400), educational and health services (+17,000), other services (+13,900), professional and business services (+11,900), and financial activities (+2,000) surpassed losses in information (-800). Government employment, at 716,600, decreased 23,300 with losses in local (-21,300) and state (-2,000) government.
Federal government employment did not change over the month.
From May 2019 to May 2020, nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 757,600. Employment in goods-producing industries decreased 100,800. Manufacturing lost 80,900 jobs with losses in durable goods (-73,900) and nondurable goods (-7,000).
Construction decreased 18,100 jobs and mining and logging lost 1,800 jobs. Employment in the private service-providing sector decreased 586,000 with losses in leisure and hospitality (-253,300), professional and business services (-93,500), educational and health services (-91,700), trade, transportation, and utilities (-91,100), other services (-36,500), financial activities (-14,000), and information (-5,900).
Government employment decreased 70,800 as losses in local (-57,600) and state (-13,400) government outpaced gains in federal government (+200).