UPDATE: County Unemployment Data Released in Ohio

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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UPDATE 3/25/2014 5:00 PM

Ohio released new county to county unemployment numbers.

Nearly all the counties in southeast Ohio dropped a couple points, likely a good indication of how the local economy is doing.

But in Washington County there was no change, possibly explaining why job and family services says they're so busy lately.

Washington is just one of two Ohio counties that saw no change between January and February.

Local economic experts tell us why that could be.

"Washington County does not have a dynamic economy. Things don't change very fast in Washington County. Not seeing any difference is not, is not surprising," says Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani, economics professor at Marietta College.

Dr. Khorassani says statistics can sometimes be misleading.

She says lower unemployment doesn't always mean good news and higher unemployment doesn't always mean bad news.

Economic experts say it's important to look at other statistics, like jobs added and lost, to get a better idea of how the economy is doing.

Better employment numbers for Ohio, but experts at home say they're not seeing the good news.

The department of job and family services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent through February.

That's down from 6.9 percent the month before and the lowest rate in six years.

Yet in Marietta job and family services says they've been very busy since the start of the year with more people at their offices applying for food stamps and medical benefits.

"Our agency right now, this is probably the most people we've seen in a long time due to the new Affordable Health Care Act and referring over from the Medicaid, trying to get the Medicaid approved," says Candy Nelson.

Nelson and her staff are hoping business will slow down after the end of the month when the Obamacare deadline passes.

The latest state unemployment rate is .2 percent lower than the national average.

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