The Suburbanite
  • Stark, Canton jobless rates rise as more seek work

  • The estimated unemployment rate for Stark County and Canton rose in May, when compared with April and 2012, state statistics indicate.

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  • Stark County’s unemployment rate rose slightly in May, although it’s also estimated that more people were working during the month.
    The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated Stark County’s jobless rate at 7.1 percent in May, higher than the 7 percent estimated for April 2013 or May 2012.
    The state estimated the local workforce at 186,800 people, with 173,500 people holding jobs. That compares to an estimated workforce of 184,600 people in April, with 171,800 people holding jobs.
    Canton’s estimated unemployment rate came in at 8.4 percent, up when compared with 8.2 percent in April, but down when compared with 8.7 percent in May 2012.
    The local increases matched a trend around the state.
    Among neighboring counties, Holmes posted the lowest unemployment rate at 4.7 percent, followed by Wayne at 5.9 percent, Tuscarawas at 6.3 percent, Summit at 6.6 percent, Portage at 6.7 percent, Carroll at 6.8 percent, and Columbiana and Mahoning counties each posting 7.7 percent.
    All except Carroll County, which was unchanged compared to April, saw unemployment rise in May.