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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  • by Mike Location: Mineral Wels on Aug 8, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    How many EMT's/ Paramedics, firefighters, and 911 dispatchers have more than 1 job? I'd venture to say that in the valley at least 70% do. I have 1 full-time teaching job and 2 part-time jobs just to make ends meet. We live in a 3 bedroom ranch with 1 bathroom. But, like most, I'm thankful for what I have. Quit sending jobs to Mexico and take care of our own.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    AMEN.....but do they care?? no...there all about the profit ...they dont care about us...trust me when we fall out ...they will pop another in and use them up ...its gonna backlash sooner or later...but notice upper management does nothing to help...they want to work you long and hard while they are working there 9 till 5 and then they go boating .....its not right and they dont care...when your back is against the wall ...look out at quiting time and see how many of the ones that earn the profit are still in the parking lot ...none ...but they want us to dedicate our lives forsaken family and hobbies and chores ......
  • by Bill Location: Production line on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    Thats because greedy business owners want to run more with less people. Sabic is a perfect example, we dont have enough manpower, yet they wont call the people back .
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