Sunday, April 26, 2009

Unemployment: Keeping Our Head Above Water

The most recent unemployment numbers are in, and although our rate is still far too high (8.2 percent), we remain among the strongest counties in Ohio in terms of keeping our citizens employed.

Only seven counties, out of 88, have lower unemployment rates. We have the second lowest of the major metropolitan counties. (Franklin: 7.8%; Cuyahoga: 8.6%; Montgomery: 11.3%; Summit: 9.6%). And we have the lowest in the region. (Warren: 8.5%; Clermont: 9.4%; Butler: 9.1%).

This is where our diverse economy really boosts us, even in tough times.

Next step: getting back below 8, then 7, percent.

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