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Lucas County unemployment rate drops

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The state of Ohio has released its county by county unemployment numbers for April. Numbers in our area are dropping. Lucas County's unemployment rate dropped almost a whole percentage point to 5.7%.Wood County also fell almost one percent landing at 4.9%. Ottawa County has one of the highest rates, but it dropped almost three percent to 7.4%. Hancock County has the lowest unemployment in the area at 4%.

So is the Lucas County unemployment number a trend or a fluke? Mike Veh from The Source says he thinks it's a trend and while the auto industry is a big part of the recovery he says a number of other industries are also helping drive down the numbers. The Source is Lucas County's one stop job shop, "These numbers are incredible. Now is the time if you haven't been looking for a job or if you have given up, get back to it." Veh says the 5.7% Lucas County unemployment rate is the lowest number posted since 2006, "I think it's a sign of a recovery. I drive around and see help wanted signs everywhere."

Veh says the thousands of new jobs at The Toledo Assembly Complex, The Toledo Transmission Plant and their suppliers are obviously a big part of the rebound, but he says there are other sectors helping lower the unemployment rate,"Anything in health care especially skilled nurses. We're also seeing a lot of activity with truckers and that is a good sign that the manufacturers are moving products. That also means the manufacturing sector is back up."

Veh says many of the jobs offer a chance at a good salary, "You're not seeing starting wages at the highest levels but many of the jobs do have a progression up to higher levels. You can get jobs that end up at $20-$30 per hour but that is no longer the starting point."

Some argue the numbers are coming down because people stop looking for work but Veh says his research shows otherwise,"You can argue it one way or the other but when it comes down to it the number of people working is steadily increasing , the number of people not working is decreasing and the number of people in the labor pool is staying fairly constant." 

The Source offers a lot of help to those of you looking for a job, everything from workshops to resume writing and computer classes.
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