Fulton County finished 2017 with a 4.4% unemployment rate in December, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced recently.
That’s a seven-tenths (0.7) of a percentage point increase from the November figure of 3.7%, the lowest rate recorded in nine years and one month.
In 2017, unemployment in Fulton County ranged from a high of 6.2% in February to the low in November. Unemployment was 5% or below for eight of 12 months.
Since December 2008 the county rate was 4.4% four other times: November 2014, April and June 2016, and April 2017.
During December, Fulton County had 21,500 workers on the job with 1,000 out of work, for a total labor force of 22,500.
Henry County had the highest rate, at 5.1%. Williams County had the lowest rate, at 3.9%, while Defiance County was 4.3%.
Fulton County was in a five-way tie for the 51sthighest rate in Ohio. Other counties with 4.4% unemployment were Lake, Montgomery, Hardin, and Knox.
During December, unemployment ranged from a high of 8.8% in Monroe County, in southeast Ohio, to a low of 2.8% in Mercer County in west-central Ohio.
Mercer County has had a lock on the lowest rate title throughout 2017. The highest rate in that county was 3.9%, in January.
Monroe County had the highest rate eight out of 12 months. The highest was 11.8% in February.
All county data is not seasonable adjusted. The unadjusted rates for Ohio as a whole and the nation were 4.5% and 3.9%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the Ohio rate became 4.7%; the national rate, 4.1%.
During December, there were 257,600 unemployed workers in Ohio. Ohio had about 5.47 million workers employed, for a total labor force of more than 5.72 million.