MOUNT VERNON — The unemployment rate across Knox County took a dip from 6.8 to 6.4 percent from September through October, reported Knox County Jobs & Family Services Director Matthew Kurtz when he met Monday morning with the Knox County Board of Commissioners. This rate sits lower than the 7.0 percent rate across Ohio and the United States.
“We continue to have strong employment in the area,” said Kurtz, noting that employers such as Rolls- Royce and Ariel Corp. are both supportive of successful industries. “The central Ohio region has a pretty strong job market right now.” Kurtz also shared concern from conversations in the event a community’s economy weakens when unemployment dips too low.
“When you get down in the sixes and fives, there are the folks that are ‘churned,’ those that are out of one job and get into another job. They have a short time off with unemployment,” said Kurtz. Issues in these cases can occur with employers looking to fill entry-level versus skilled-labor positions.
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