Almost 10 percent of Toledoans unemployed in August

Posted by Nick Dutton -

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has just released figures for August. They report nearly 10 percent of all Toledoans were unemployed in August and a 9.9 percent across Lucas County. <Click for list of all Ohio counties unemployment data.>


A rise or fall in unemployment figures means little to those who are out of work and trying to find a job. More people are stopping at the Lucas County's one-stop Employment Center in search of employment. The employment center has seen thousands of people coming through its doors over recent months. People are looking for a job and aren't giving up on a brighter future. <Click for map of Ohio unemployment breakdown.>

"Hopefully something will change, but right now it's bleak so if you do get a job you need to latch onto it," says Bradford.

45-year-old Jerradis Bradford is one of thousands in Lucas County searching for work.

"For the last 6 months I've been coming in and out of the Source trying to get a job in the petroleum industry, I was a contractor at BP and Sunoco refinery."

Jerradis has plenty of company. The source currently has 177 positions in its job bank, with over 7600 job seekers applying for a job since July.

"There are 20 plus applicants for every single job out there, so the person who has the skills, the best skills, it's an employers market," Lucas County Workforce Development Director Eric Walker.

Despite a tough economy, some employment opportunities are still out there.

"Transportation, truck driving, it's usually over the road though, LPN, STMA, health care is always emerging," says Eric Walker.

47-year-old Melvin Starks is unemployed with a maintenance background. He's updating his resume in hopes of landing a new job.

"The economy the way it is, it's kind of rough, but I still have hope that something's going to come through," says Starks.

Melvin hopes others who are also without a job don't lose hope.

"Just don't give up that's it, once you give up that's it, 'that's why you're here', I'm here because I'm not giving up."

News release from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:

Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in August, up from 7.2 percent in July, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 3,700 over the month, from 5,410,500 in July, to 5,406,800 in August.

"Ohio's labor market continued to mirror the national trend by showing signs of decline in August," ODJFS Director Helen Jones-Kelley said. "Larger decreases in the goods-producing sectors resulted from continued losses in manufacturing and durable goods."

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 445,000, up from 432,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 106,000 in the past 12 months from 339,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 5.7 percent in August 2007.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, up from 5.7 percent in July.

Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

Ohio's nonfarm payroll employment fell 3,700 over the month, from 5,410,500 in July to 5,406,800 in August according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by ODJFS.

Goods-producing industries, at 985,700, declined 6,500 from July. The loss was concentrated in manufacturing (-6,200) as reductions in durable goods (-6,400) were partially offset by small gains in nondurable goods (+200). Construction employment was down 400. Natural resources and mining advanced 100. Service-providing employment rose 2,800 to 4,421,100. Educational and health services was up 2,300 due to growth in health care and social assistance (+1,600) and educational services (+700). Also up were leisure and hospitality (+800) and government (+700). Declines occurred in financial activities (-600), information (-200), and professional and business services ( 200). Trade, transportation, and utilities and other services were virtually unchanged over the month.

Over the past 12 months, nonagricultural wage and salary employment fell 19,300. Goods-producing employment was down 20,500 as losses in durable goods helped reduce manufacturing 15,000. Construction dropped 5,900, while natural resources and mining added 400 jobs. Service-providing industries advanced 1,200 over the year. Sectors with increased employment were educational and health services (+10,700) and leisure and hospitality (+2,100). Employment was down in trade, transportation, and utilities (-3,200), government (-2,600), information ( 2,000), financial activities ( 1,900), and other services (-1,900). There was little change in professional and business services.