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Unemployment numbers rise along with COVID

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By BRET BEVENS
Southern Ohio Today

            With COVID-19 numbers on the rise in Ohio, so are claims for unemployment benefits.

For the week ending Nov. 7, 12,868 Ohioans filed unemployment claims. That is up almost four percent (nearly 600 claims) from the previous week, according to the Department of Job & Family Services. The number of claims is a 20 percent increase over the number claims in October.

However, the state points at the number of continuing claims, a figure considered a more reliable indicator of economic strength and one that has slowly decreased over the past few weeks.

            Unemployment in the area dropped from August to September, but the most current statistics are only through September.  Pike County went from 9.6 percent to 8.5 percent in September. Jackson County dropped a third of a percentage point, from 8.9 percent to 8.6 percent. Scioto County dropped from 9.0 percent to 8.2 percent. Ross County was at 7.9 percent in August and dropped to 7.0 in September.

The local unemployment rates for October will be released later this month.

            Local businesses and companies placing online ads, according to Ohio Means Jobs, focus on the health care industry.

            Pike County’s company with the most ads is National Church Residencies, which operates Bristol Village. Adena Health System tops Ross County’s list, Southern Ohio Medical Center is the top ad poster in Scioto County and Holzer Health System leads the way in Jackson County.

Dollar General, Amazon and Rumpke are also high the list of most job ads posted, according to Ohio Means Jobs.

            Other common jobs posted online in the area are heavy and tractor truck drivers and first-line supervisors of retail sales workers. Other jobs that have a higher number of ads posted include registered nurses and retail salespersons.

            COVID-19 numbers local continue with the national trend of rapid rises.

Since Nov.  9, Pike County has had 99 new cases and 25 more active cases. Jackson County has seen 57 new cases and 35 more active cases. Scioto County has seen 144 new cases and 58 active cases. Ross County has reported 107 new cases, no active case numbers were available.

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