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Medina County jobless claims at lowest since 1999

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Jobless claims in Medina County are at their lowest levels since 1999, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The four-week average of Medina County residents who filed for unemployment benefits ending the first week of September was 61. Not since 1999’s average of 65 has it been that low.

The four-week average in 2017 was 72.

Bethany Dentler, executive director of the Medina County Economic Development Corp., said she wasn’t surprised by the figures.

“Right now if you want a job, you can have a job,” she said.

Dentler said her office makes about 200 visits per year with Medina County businesses.

“Talking to those companies, more than 90 percent of them have job openings that go unfilled,” she said. “The jobs are there if people want them.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Ohio’s unemployment rate for July is 4.6 percent, compared with 4.5 percent for last month and 5.1 percent last year.

Job and Family Services data for July has Medina County’s unemployment rate at 4.6 percent.

“The economy is hot right now,” Dentler said.

She said the Economic Development Corp. is helping companies identify workers with job tours. She said at the end of many of the tours, potential workers are offered jobs on the spot.

“It’s a matchmaking opportunity,” Dentler said.

Made in Medina County Day is Oct. 5 when 17 companies in the county are opening their doors to prospective workers.

“If they want to work, there is a place for them,” Dentler said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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