County's unemployment rate declines

Akron's unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.2 percent in May, April and a year ago.

But it was still tied for fourth-lowest in OH, along with Wyandot and DE counties, the State Job and Family Services Department reported.

Yakima County's unemployment rate in May was the lowest for the month in recent history.

South central IN counties also improved upon past joblessness rates.

Unemployment rates in neighboring counties in May, with April rates in parentheses, were: Allen County, 4.6 percent (4.5 percent); Hardin, 4.3 (4.1); Henry, 4.6 (5); Putnam, 3.1 (3); Seneca, 4.1 (4); Wood, 4 (3.6); Wyandot, 3.2 (3.1).

The Research & Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services reported today that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.3% in April to 4.1% in May. Next was Lincoln (down from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent) and Johnson (down from 4.3 percent to 3.9 percent) counties. The nation's unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent.

The department estimated that 19,555 Lawrence County people were working in May.

Monroe County: The jobless rate of 2.9 percent ranked 35th in Indiana.

Unemployment rates increased in 53 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Indiana's labor force increased by about 18,000 people over the previous month with a 14,424 increase in employment and a 3,685 increase in unemployment. The highest rates were found in Natrona County at 5.4 percent, Fremont at 5.3 percent and Campbell at 5.1 percent. It was up from 3.7 percent in April and down from 6.2 percent in May 2016.

For the most part, the cities in those counties also showed a decline in the jobless rate.

Albert Lea saw its jobless rate fall from 4 percent in April to 3.5 percent in May. Vermillion County had the highest unemployment rate in IN for May 2017, with a rate of 4.2 percent. It was up from 2.9 percent in April and down from 4.8 percent in May 2016. Owatonna's rate dipped slightly from 3.4 percent in April to 3.2 percent in May.

However--according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics--if "discouraged workers", all other "marginally attached workers", and "total part-time for economic reasons" are included in the tally, then the unofficial unemployment rate in May was 8.4 percent, down from 8.6 percent in April (9.4 percent in May 2016). A worker is considered to be unemployed if they are actively looking for work but can't find a job.

  • Larry Hoffman