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Summit County’s jobless rate climbs in November, as does much of Ohio’s

By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer

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Job seekers wait in line to see employers in New York. The Summit County jobless rate rose in November. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Summit County’s jobless rate rose to 6 percent in November from 5.9 percent in October, state figures released today show.

The county’s rate a year ago was 7.4 percent.

Akron’s unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent last month from 6.5 percent in October; the rate was 8.3 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate in Cuyahoga Falls dropped to 5.7 percent in November from 5.8 percent in October. The rate was 7.1 percent in November 2011.

Jobless rates increased in 66 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The low ranged from 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.9 percent in Pike County. Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.

Ohio’s comparable jobless rate was 6.5 percent; the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.8 percent. The national unemployment rate, not seasonally adjusted, was 7.4 percent in November; the adjusted rate was 7.7 percent.

Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio:

• Cuyahoga County’s unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in November from 6.2 percent in October. The rate was 7.2 percent a year ago. Cleveland’s jobless rate hit 8.8 percent last month, up from 7.9 percent in October and down from 9.6 percent a year ago.

• Medina County’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent last month, up from 5 percent in October and down from 5.7 percent in November 2011.

• Portage County’s jobless rate rose to 6 percent in November from 5.8 percent in October. The rate was 6.7 percent a year ago.

• Stark County’s jobless rate rose to 6.4 percent in November from 6.2 percent the previous month. The rate was 7.8 percent a year ago. Canton’s jobless rate rose to 7.5 percent last month from 7.2 percent in October, and was down from 9.5 percent a year ago.

• Wayne County had a 5.4 percent jobless rate last month, up from 5.2 percent in October and down from 6.5 percent in November 2011.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com.