County’s unemployment rate rises

LISBON – Columbiana County’s unemployment rate crept up back over 6 percent in June after dropping below that mark the month before for the first time since November 2007.

The jobless rate last month was an estimated 6.2 percent, up from 5.9 percent recorded in May, according to figures released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The county’s unemployment rate had been on the decline since January, when it was 8.4 percent.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent and the national rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent.

While the unemployment rate was decreasing, the number of county residents with jobs increased from 46,800 to 47,600, and the estimated number of adults without work increased by 300 to 3,200.

The unemployment rate is an estimate based on a formula that depends largely on the number of people receiving benefits and a nationwide phone survey of 50,000 households, including 2,000 in Ohio. Approximately 2,937 county residents received unemployment benefits last month, with the average payment being $309 per month.

Among the adjoining counties in Ohio, Columbiana County’s jobless rate was the same as Mahoning, higher than Stark (5.6 percent) and Carroll (5.8 percent) but lower than Jefferson (7.4 percent).

The county’s June unemployment rate was 29th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties. Monroe County in southern Ohio again had the highest unemployment rate at 11.7 percent, while Mercer County on the Indiana border continued to have the lowest jobless rate at 3.3 percent.