Licking County unemployment makes annual January jump

Licking County unemployment makes annual January jump

The highest rate in January in the last 17 years was 10.9 percent in 2010.

Fifteen of Ohio's 88 counties had rates below 5 percent in January.

Local unemployment in the Mahoning Valley dropped by 1 percent year over year to 7.7 percent in January.

The increase in nonfarm employment came as the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force grew by almost 1,700 people from December to January.

Washington state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent in January, the same as the newly revised rate from the month before, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday.

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In January, Ohio's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5 percent and US rate was 4.8 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point. But a household survey found the number of people employed rose by 8,600 while the number of jobless people dropped slightly.

The 1.3-percent increase was about 0.4-percent higher than the increase from December 2015 to January 2016.

The current figure is still better than the year-ago rate of 5.6 percent, and matches the lowest statewide unemployment number since May 2008.

The number of county residents receiving unemployment benefits reflected the significant increase in the jobless rate, with the number of people getting benefits increasing from 2,721 in December to 4,045 last month.

The January state and national unemployment rates, also not seasonally adjusted, were 6.0 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively.