Unemployment in Fulton County in April was down a full percentage point from March, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services announced last week.
ODJFS estimated 7.9% of the labor force was out of work, down from 8.9% in March.
It is the lowest unemployment rate so far in 2013.
In spite of the decline in unemployment, ODJFS said Fulton County has the highest April unemployment rate in the four-county area. Williams County was 6.6%; Defiance County, 6.9%; and Henry County, 7.8%.
Henry County saw the largest drop in unemployment between March and April, when unemployment fell from 8.9% to 7.8%, a drop of 1.1%.
ODJFS set the number of unemployed in Fulton County at 1,700 during April. That compares to 20,100 workers who were employed, giving the county a total workforce of 21,800, the largest in the four-county area.
Across Ohio’s 88 counties, ODJFS estimated that Pike County, in south-central Ohio, had the highest unemployment rate, at 12.1%. Six other counties had rates ranging from 10.2% to 10.9%.
Mercer County had the lowest unemployment, at 4.1%. Five Ohio counties had unemployment of 5% or less during April, ODJFS said.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the state as a whole and the nation were 6.7% and 7.1%, respectively.
When ODJFS applies seasonal adjustments, the Ohio unemployment rate changed to 7%. The national rate became 7.5%
ODJFS estimated that of almost 5.7 million Ohio workers, 5.3 million are employed, while 381,100 are out of a job and seeking work.