Job count dips in September

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment increased in September for the first time since June.

The county’s jobless rate increased by 0.4 percent last month to 6.3 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s unemployment rate also increased slightly over the same period, from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent, as did the national rate, which increased from 4.8 percent to 5 percent.

While the unemployment rate increased, the number of people in the county continuing to receive unemployment benefits declined by 350, to 2,139. The number of new claims also dropped, from 307 to 279. The estimated number of countians with jobs decreased by 1,200 to 45,500.

The average weekly benefit in September was $345.

The county’s September unemployment rate was the 17th highest in Ohio, up three spots from August. The jobless rate increased in 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties, decreased in six and remained unchanged in the other two.

Of the adjacent Ohio counties, the county’s unemployment rate was higher than Mahoning (6.1 percent) and Stark (5.3 percent) but lower than Carroll (6.5 percent) and Jefferson (7.5 percent).

The unemployment rate in September ranged from a low of 3.2 percent in Mercer County in central Ohio along the Indiana border, to 9.2 percent in Monroe County in the southern part of the state.