Tiffin City Council briefly discussed the county’s unemployment situation during their meeting Monday evening.
The latest figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Seneca County with an unemployment rate of 21.3% for the month of April, the highest unemployment rate in modern history, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to the forced closure of many businesses throughout the state.
Mayor Aaron Montz described the situation as “not good” for many local businesses and employees.
“Some of our larger factories, the majority that I’ve spoken with, they are not at full strength. One of them that I talked with two weeks ago has about 450 employees and right now they’re running at about 260 to 280,” Montz said.
“Right now, the Seneca County unemployment rate is 21.3%. We know a good portion of that were the service sector jobs that were not permitted to start back yet, that are not factored into those totals. When those numbers came out, hair salons were still closed, barber shops, restaurants for sit-down dining, all of those types of businesses were still closed. They have been permitted to be reopened by the state of Ohio, however we know some of them locally have chosen not to reopen yet due to the restrictions,” Montz continued. “And we still know that the factories are not operating at full strength either. It’s a concern. This month is probably not going to be a whole lot better for us, because for most of May a lot of these businesses were still closed or running on reduced staffing.”
The total number of jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks is more than 1,257,838, a higher number than the combined total of unemployment claims filed during the last three years.
Over the last 10 weeks, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has distributed more than $3.1 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 644,000 claimants statewide, according to a news release from the department.