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The Suburbanite
  • Stark, Canton jobless rates rise in November

  • Local unemployment increases to 6.4 percent in November, compared with the 6.2 percent reported in October.

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  • The unemployment rates for Stark County and Canton rose slightly in November from October, according to numbers reported by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
    Stark County’s jobless rate came in at 6.4 percent, compared to 6.2 percent in October, while Canton’s jobless rate was 7.5 percent compared with 7.2 percent the previous month. The November unemployment rates were far below 2011 rates of 7.8 percent for Stark County and 9.5 percent for Canton.
    According to the numbers, the local workforce also decreased in November to 188,000 people, compared with 188,700 people in October. In November, 12,000 Stark County residents were considered unemployed compared with only 11,700 in October.
    Stark County’s jobless rate was below the state’s rate of 6.5 percent and the national rate of 7.4 percent.
    Among neighboring counties, unemployment in Holmes was lowest at 4.2 percent. Wayne County had 5.4 percent unemployment, while Portage, Summit and Tuscarawas all came in at 6 percent. Columbiana County had the highest jobless rate at 7.3 percent, while Mahoning was at 6.9 percent and Carroll at 6.8 percent.