Jobless rate jumped in November

LISBON – Columbiana County’s unemployment rate increased in November, the second such jump in the past three months, according to figures released prior to Christmas by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The local jobless rate increased to 8 percent in November, up from 7.6 percent the month before. Meanwhile, the statewide unemployment rate dropped over the same period, from 7.5 percent to 7.4 percent, as did the national jobless rate, from 7.3 percent to 7 percent.

According to the state, 4,100 countians were unemployed in November – an increase of 200. The number of residents with jobs remained unchanged at 47,100.

The jobless rate is an estimate based on a formula that depends largely on the number of people receiving unemployment benefits and a nationwide monthly phone survey of 50,000 households, including 2,000 in Ohio. The estimate of job gains and losses is based on a survey of mostly large businesses and government agencies.

New filings for unemployment increased from 361 to 551 in November, while the number of people continuing to receive benefits increased from 1,961 to 2,190. The average weekly benefit in November was $319.

The county’s November unemployment rate was the 27th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties. Monroe County in southern Ohio claimed the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate at 15.6 percent, while Mercer County along the Indiana border continued to have the lowest jobless rate at 4.4 percent.