County unemployment dipped to a new level for October

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate increased in October along with 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The county’s jobless rate increased from 4.6 percent in September to 4.8 percent last month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The unemployment rate in October 2017 was 5.2 percent.

The statewide jobless unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent, while the national rate also stayed unchanged at 3.7 percent.

While the county’s jobless rate climbed last month, the number of people receiving unemployment benefits dropped by 186 in October, to 1,241, and the estimated number of residents with jobs increased by 300 to 44,800. The average weekly benefit payment was $363.

As mentioned above, the unemployment rate increased in 84 off 88 Ohio counties, declined in one county and remained unchanged in the other three. The county’s rate was 27th highest, down one position from September.

Among the adjoining Ohio counties, the county’s unemployment rate was higher than Stark (4.6 percent), the same as Carroll and lower than Mahoning (5.7 percent) and Jefferson (5.8 percent).