Jobless rate drops to 5.8%


LISBON –Columbiana County’s unemployment rate declined significantly in August but still remains above the state and national averages.

The county’s jobless rate dropped from 6.4 percent in July to 5.8 percent last month, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Meanwhile, Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped slightly, from 5.4 percent to 5.2 percent, while the national rate increased by 0.1 percent in August to 4.4 percent.

The number of countians receiving unemployment benefits in August decreased by nearly 1,000, from 2,425 in July to 1,496 last month, with the average weekly payment being $341. The estimated number of county residents with jobs increased in August by just 200, to 45,000, while 2,800 people were estimated to be unemployed.

The county’s unemployment rate was the 24th highest among Ohio’s 88 counties. The county was among 75 counties where the jobless rate declined in August, while the rate increased in just five counties and remained unchanged in the other eight.

Among adjoining Ohio counties, the county’s unemployment rate was higher than Stark (5.3 percent) and Carroll (5.5 percent) but lower than Mahoning (6.6 percent) and Jefferson (7 percent).