2014-03-19 / News

January Unemployment Tops 8% In Fulton Co.

Unemployment in Fulton County was 8.6% for January, the highest in the four-county area and a full percentage point above the State of Ohio rate, according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

ODJFS said the December 2013 rate was 7.3%.

The January rate was up 1.3 percentage points from December 2013.

Defiance and Williams counties tied for the lowest January unemployment rate, at 6.8%. Unemployment in Henry County was 8.1%.

It’s the first time in six years Fulton County hasn’t started a year with doubledigit unemployment.

ODJFS estimated that unemployment in the county in January 2010 was 16%, the highest in recent memory.

In January 2013, unemployment was 10.5%.

During January, there were 1,900 Fulton County residents who were unemployed and seeking work. An estimated 20,000 county residents were working, making the county total labor force 21,900.

Fulton County tied with Hocking County, in southcentral Ohio, and Mahoning County, on the Pennsylvania border in north-central Ohio, for the 27th-highest unemployment rate in the state.

High, Low

Of the 88 counties in Ohio, Monroe County, on the West Virginia border in south-cen- tral Ohio, had the highest unemployment, at 15%.

The lowest rate was Mercer County, on the Indiana border in central Ohio, at 4.4%.

There were 13 Ohio counties with January unemployment rates of 10% or greater.

Five had rates of 5% or less.

State, Nation

All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. The comparable rates for the State of Ohio and the nation for January were 7.5% and 7%, respectively.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. rate was 6.6%; Ohio was 6.9%.

ODJFS estimated that during January, there were just over 5.7 million Ohioans in the workforce, while 5.3 million were employed and 428,700 were out of a job.

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