Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ohio's Unemployment Rate for June '06

The Ohio Dept. of Jobs and Family Services has just released the unemployment rates for June '06. Here are some of the important points:

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June, down from 5.3 percent in May, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 5,600 over the month, from 5,464,800 in May to 5,459,200 in June.

"Labor market data for June were mixed," said ODJFS Director Barbara Riley. "Although Ohio's unemployment rate declined in June, overall employment declined as well."

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 302,000, down from 312,000 in May. The number of unemployed has decreased by 50,000 in the past 12 months from 352,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.0 percent in June 2005.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 4.6 percent, unchanged from May...

...Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent during June. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe (9.8), were: Pike, 8.1; Meigs, 7.6; Jackson, 7.5; Scioto, 7.4; Morgan, 7.2; and Vinton, 7.0 percent...

There are many people not included in this. I think that the ODJFS must have memorized the book How to Lie with Statistics. It doesn't take a genius to realize that the Republicans have not created any new jobs in Ohio, college grads are still searching for jobs, and many people are underemployed.