By William Hershey, Columbus Bureau
Updated 10:34 AM Tuesday, July 26, 2011
COLUMBUS – Unemployment increased for a second straight month in both Dayton and Montgomery County in June, but both rates were down from a year ago, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported on Wednesday. The jobless rate for the Dayton metro area, which includes Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Greene counties, also increased in June for a second consecutive month, although that rate, too, was down from a year ago. The June rate for Dayton was 11.4 percent, up from 10.3 percent in May but down from 12.4 percent in June 2010. The Montgomery County rate for June was 10.2 percent, an increase from 9.4 percent in May but lower than the June 2010 rate of 11.1 percent. The Dayton metro jobless rate for June was 10 percent, up from 9.3 percent but lower than the 10.8 percent rate in June 2010. Across Ohio, the rate for June increased in 84 of 88 counties. The lowest rate was 6.6 percent in Delaware, Geauga and Mercer counties. The highest rate was 15.4 percent in Pike County in southern Ohio. While the June jobless rates appear to indicate that the economic recovery has slowed down, it does not change the trend that Ohio slowly is recovering and that the job market slowly is recovering, said Ben Johnson, ODJFS spokesman. In a recovery, there are some months when the jobless rate goes back up, Johnson added. Among Dayton-area counties, Preble County’s 10.8 percent rate was the highest, while Warren County’s 8.1 percent was the lowest. Among area cities, Trotwood’s 12.2 percent rate was the highest, while Mason’s 7 percent rate was the lowest. The unemployment rates for cities and counties are not seasonally adjusted. The not-seasonally-adjusted rate for Ohio in June was 9.2 percent, down from 10.1 percent in June 2010. The state’s seasonally adjusted rate for this June was 8.8 percent, also down from 10.1 percent in June 2010. Unemployment rates for Dayton-area counties for June 2011 and June 2010 County June 2010 June 2011 Butler 9.5 9.8 Clark 9.6 10.3 Darke 9.4 10.1 Miami 9.4 10.4 Montgomery 10.2 11.1 Preble 10.8 10.6 Warren 8.1 8.7 Unemployment rates for Dayton-area cities for June 2011 and June 2010 City June 2010 June 2011 Beavercreek 8.3 8.9 Dayton 11.4 12.4 Fairborn 10.4 11 Hamilton 10.5 11.1 Huber Heights 9.5 10.5 Kettering 9.1 9.9 Mason 7 7.5 Middletown 10.7 10.9 Riverside 10 11.3 Springfield 10.2 11 Trotwood 12.2 12.9 Contact this reporter at (614) 224-1608 or whershey@DaytonDailyNews.com.