Jobless rates across region on the rise

Grandview Medical Center held a hiring event last week. The Dayton hospital was looking to fill positions including: Registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, imaging technicians and nutrition services. STAFF PHOTO

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Grandview Medical Center held a hiring event last week. The Dayton hospital was looking to fill positions including: Registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, imaging technicians and nutrition services. STAFF PHOTO

Regional unemployment rates for area counties and cities edged up in July 2017 compared to last July, according to new state numbers released Tuesday.

Montgomery County’s July jobless rate of 5.2 percent was a bit higher than the 4.9 percent recorded in July 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. However, the county rate edged down from the 5.3 percent seen in June 2017.

Dayton’s unemployment rate for July was put at 6.4 percent, again above the 6 percent reported last July, but down slightly from the 6.5 percent posted in June 2017, the state said.

The rate for Kettering in July was 4.4 percent, up from 4.1 percent posted in July 2016 but down slightly from 4.5 percent in June 2017.

Butler County saw 4.9 percent unemployment in July 2017, up from 4.6 percent in July last year and at the same level as June 2017. The city of Hamilton’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent last month, up slightly from 4.9 percent in July 2016 and the same as June 2017, according to the state.

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In Warren County, the 4.4 percent jobless rate for July 2017 was up a bit from the 4.2 percent rate from the same month in 2016. But the July number was unchanged from the June 2017 rate, state data showed.

Greene County’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July and June 2017, both up from 4.4 percent in July 2016.

For the state as a whole, the jobless rate was 5.5 percent, up half a percentage point compared to July 2016 and up a tenth of a point from June this year.

City and county unemployment figures are not adjusted for seasonal hiring patterns and, therefore, do not coincide with the adjusted jobless rate for the state and the nation.

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