Jobless rate increase common in 87 counties

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate increased in January, something it had in common with the other 87 Ohio counties.

The county’s jobless rate was 6.5 percent in January, a 1.1 percent increase over the previous month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The state unemployment also increased, albeit slightly, from 4.6 percent to 4.7 percent in January. The national jobless rate also increased by 0.1 percent over the same period, to 4 percent in January.

Despite the significant increase, the number of countians collecting unemployment benefits increased by only 77 in January, to 2,352, with the average weekly benefit payment being $365. The estimated number of residents of working age with jobs was 44,000 in January, a decrease of 100 from December.

Among adjoining Ohio counties, the county’s jobless rate was less than Mahoning (7.2 percent), Jefferson (7.9 percent) and Carroll (6.8 percent) but higher than Stark (6 percent).

The county’s unemployment rate was the 32nd highest among Ohio’s 88 counties.