Local Unemployment Rates not Expected to Match National Improvement

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The national unemployment rate dropped more in July than it has for nearly a year, but local case workers say so far there's no sign of relief in Mid-Ohio Valley.

Case workers at the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services say they're still seeing about 400 new cases each month.

The department is currently dealing with more than 6,000 cases total.

Workers say over the past few months, they've seen a significant increase in the number of unemployed people seeking help.

"When we get to work there's people lined up outside and it's overwhelming. On average before, we were doing maybe four sometimes, and now it's maybe eight in like a three hour time span," Michelle Brown, a case worker, said.

Officials at Job and Family Services say they expect July's numbers to show an increase in local unemployment.

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