OHIO VALLEY — Meigs County continues to top the state in unemployment for the second consecutive month.
In July, Meigs County had an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent, down .4 percent from June.
Despite the drop in rate, Meigs County continues to hold the high mark, just .2 percent above Pike County (12.1 percent). Pike County had held the states highest mark for many months before Meigs took the spot in June.
Gallia County remains ranked above the state average of 7.3 percent, but is down from a month ago.
Gallia County currently holds an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent, down .3 percent from June.
The mark places Gallia County in a tie for 21st in the state with Trumbull, Lucas and Richland counties. Gallia was tied for 18th in June and tied for 21st in May. Gallia County was tied for 23rd in April and 37th in March.
When it comes to unemployment rates — in terms of rankings, it’s a good thing when a county’s number rises with the higher the ranking, the lower the unemployment.
Counties with an unemployment rate above 10 percent (in addition to Meigs and Pike) were Scioto at 11.1, Morgan and Huron at 11, Jefferson and Monroe at 10.3.
Mercer County remains ranked 88th with an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, followed by Holmes County at 4.9, Delaware County at 5.2, Auglaize County at 5.2 and Union County at 5.8.
Ohio had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent in July, down from 7.5 percent in June,but up from 6.9 percent in May. The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in July, down from 7.8 percent in June, and up from 7.3 percent in May.
A total of 43 Ohio counties had unemployment rates lower than the state rate. Another eight counties have a rate between the state and national rates.
In Southeast Ohio, other unemployment numbers include, Athens County, 9 percent; Hocking County, 7.3 percent; Jackson County, 9.1 percent; Lawrence County, 7.7 percent; Perry County, 9.0 percent; Ross County, 8.1 percent; Vinton County, 9.7 percent; and Washington County, 6.8 percent.
Mason County, W.Va. had an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent in July, and increase of .2 percent from June. West Virginia’s highest unemployment rate is in Webster County with a rate of 10.9 percent.