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County jobless rate still on decline

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate continues to decline after reaching a post-Great Depression high in April, but it lags behind most of Ohio.

The jobless rate fell to 10.1 percent last month compared to 11.9 percent in June, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The rate more than tripled to 20.4 percent in April because of the government shutdown in response to the COVID-19 virus. The governor began to gradually reopen the economy starting in May and that has apparently been reflected in the declining unemployment numbers.

The state and national jobless rates also declined in July. The state unemployment rate dropped from 10.9 percent in June to 9.1. percent last month, while the national rate declined from 11.1 percent to 10.5 percent over the same period.

The unemployment rate fell in all 88 counties in Ohio, with the county’s rate ranked the 10th highest, up four positions from June. Among adjoining Ohio counties, Columbiana County’s unemployment rate was lower than Mahoning (11 percent) and Jefferson (10.7 percent) but higher than Carroll (9.4 percent) and Stark (8.7 percent).

July figures were not available for the counties in other states that border Columbiana County, but in June the unemployment rate was 14.5 percent for Beaver County, Pa., and 12.1 percent for Hancock County, W.Va.

The formula used to determine the unemployment rate — based on a household phone survey, business surveys, insurance claims and other data– estimated the number of jobless in Columbiana County was 4,700 in July compared to 5,700 the month before. The figure nearly reached 10,000 in April.

The number of residents with jobs was an estimated 41,900 in July, an increase of 600 from June but up considerably from 37,600 in April. Approximately 47,200 people had jobs the first of March before the government shutdown.

The number of countians continuing to receive unemployment benefits declined from 13,131 in June to 10,989 last month. This is down by half from 22,787 who were receiving benefits in April.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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