The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 19, 2013

More out of work

Jobless rate highest in region

— Ashtabula County’s unemployment rate ended the year at 9 percent, the highest in the region and tying Coshocton County for 14th highest in the state.

The rate was not adjusted for seasonal hiring variations, such as retailers adding jobs for the holiday season. The state’s rate in December was 6.6 percent, also not adjusted for seasonal variations.

The county’s unemployment rate in November was 8.6 percent. According to the data behind the December rate, there were 200 more county residents out of work in December than there were in November. Further, the number of residents holding a job fell from 42,900 in November to 42,400 in December. The size of the workforce shrank by 300 workers to 46,600. The decline suggests that residents gave up their search for work or moved out of the area.

The county started the year with an unemployment rate of 11.4 percent and 5,300 residents out of work. The year ended with 4,300 unemployed and 42,800 working either full-time or part-time civilian jobs.

Ashtabula County’s annual unemployment rate average for 2012 was 9.1 percent; for 2011, it was 10.6 percent.

The county in 2012 experienced the closing of at least one industrial facility, ESAB Welding and Cutting Products in Ashtabula Township, which employed up to 120 persons. The work performed at that factory was moved to a new facility in South Carolina. There also have been job loses at the Ashtabula Towne Square, which most recently lost Christopher and Banks.

December’s 9 percent rate compares poorly to other counties in northeast Ohio, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The northeast Ohio county with the next highest rate was Trumbull County at 8 percent. Lake County was at 6.3 percent and Geauga County at 5.7 percent.

Ashtabula County’s highest unemployment rate during the Great Recession came in January 2010, when 7,500 residents were out of work and the rate soared to 15.5 percent. The rate has shown steady improvement since then, except during the winter months, when it typically rises a couple of percentage points.

Nevertheless, the 9 percent rate in December indicates that the county has not fully recovered from the unemployment brought on by the Great Recession. In December 2007, the rate was 7.4 percent.

Text Only
Local News
Ashtabula County Alive
July 4 Celebrations 2014
Summer off to Big Start
Ashtabula County Flag Day 2014
Northeast Ohio Soap Box Derby 2014
Tour de State Line and Boating Season
Ashtabula County Memorial Day 2014
Sam Magill Sr. Memorial
Armed Forces Echo Taps 2014
Lakeside Loop Color Run
Keeping Ashtabula County Clean and Healthy
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Weird 'Wakudoki' Dance Launches Promotional Competition Two women barely avoid being hit by train Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening Chapter Two: Designing for Naomi Watts NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth