2015-12-30 / News

Unemployment Up In County, State

Unemployment increased in Fulton County, the four-county area, and the state of Ohio during November, according to the Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services.

ODJFS reported of 88 Ohio counties, unemployment increased in 81, decreased in six, and stayed the same in one.

Fulton County unemployment was 3.9% in October, then increased by four-tenths of a percent to 4.3% in November.

Williams and Defiance counties also had unemployment rates go up four-tenths, to 4.6% in Defiance County, and 4% in Williams County.

Henry County increased by eight-tenths of a point, from 3.8% in October to 4.6% in November.

ODJFS estimated the Fulton County labor force was 22,200. The figure is comprised of 21,300 workers who are employed, plus 900 who are unemployed and seeking employment.

The labor force figures show that between October and November, the number of employed workers declined by 100.

High, Low

There was a two-way tie for the lowest rate in the state.

Geauga and Medina counties in northeast Ohio were at 3%.

Monroe County, in south- west Ohio on the West Virginia border, had the highest rate, at 9.7%. No other Ohio county had a rate higher than 7.4%.

Fulton County tied with Pickaway County for the 55th-highest rate in the state. Pickaway County is in south-central Ohio.

State, Nation

All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the state and nation as a whole were 4.4% and 4.8%.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, the national rate increased to 5%. Ohio unemployment is 4.5%.

ODJFS estimated Ohio had more than 5.7 million people in its labor force. Of those, about 5.47 million were working, while the number of unemployed workers was estimated at 252,800.

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