Employment in the Dayton metro area dipped slightly in June, which contributed to Ohio last month posting the second largest job declines in the nation, according to data released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
After seeing solid job gains in May, employers in the metro area shed 200 workers last month, which means the local economy has lost jobs in seven out of the last 12 months.
The metro area includes Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties.
The region’s economy is recovering, but it lags the state in the progress it has made.
“(While) the Dayton (metro area) tracks the broad-statewide job trends, the region has sustained bigger losses and an overall slower recovery than both the nation and the state,” said Hannah Halbert, policy liaison with the liberal-leaning Policy Matters Ohio.
Nonfarm employment in the Dayton metro area stood at 378,200 in June, down 200 workers from May.
The economic recovery remains erratic in the region.
In May, area employers added 1,600 workers after shedding 1,100 in April.
March saw job declines (-900 workers), February saw gains (1,900) and January saw more modest gains (+100). Employment dropped sharply in December (-1,400).
The Dayton metro area lost 100 jobs between June 2012 and last month.
While the local economy has recovered 9,800 of the jobs lost during the downturn, it still needs to regain 23,000 more to return to pre-recession levels.
Earlier this month, the newspaper reported on a recent study that predicts the Dayton metro area will not return to its pre-recession employment peak until sometime after 2023.
The study also projected that Clark County will not regain the jobs it lost during the downturn for more than a decade.
In June, employment in Clark County declined by 300 workers compared to June 2012, according to data that was not seasonally adjusted.
Seasonally adjusted data is not available for counties, and it is more accurate to compare monthly labor data that has not been seasonally adjusted to the same month the prior year.
Between May and June, the unemployment rate increased in all eight counties in the Dayton region. It rose to 7.3 percent in Butler County, 7.1 percent in Champaign County, 7.3 percent in Clark County, 7.4 percent in Miami County, 8 percent in Montgomery County, 7.8 percent in Preble County and 6.4 percent in Warren County.
June was a dismal month for labor in Ohio. The state last month lost 12,500 workers, more than all states but Tennessee. In May, Ohio led the nation in job growth.
Ohio has experienced very slow job growth in the last 12 months (0.3 percent), but the Dayton region has fared worse, a 0.03 percent decline in jobs, said Halbert, with Policy Matters Ohio.
Dayton was already losing jobs leading up to the recession, and during the downturn it lost a slightly greater percentage of jobs than both the state and the nation, she said.
The region’s slow recovery means the labor market still has a long way to go to climb out of the hole it is in, experts said.