The Fulton County unemployment rate was down one-tenth (.1) of one percent during September to 9.6%, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services said recently.
After 20 months of 10% or higher unemployment, it is the second straight month Fulton County was under 10%.
However, last month, county officials theorized the reduction was the result of more people falling off the unemployment rolls after reaching the limits of their benefits. Once a person exhausts his benefits, he is no longer counted in the unemployment statistics.
With the exception of June, Fulton County unemployment has been trending downward. It peaked at 16% in January; then began falling. In was 11.8% in May. In June, it jumped one-tenth (.1) of a percentage point to 11.9%. It fell back to 11.5% in July, and 9.7% in August.
Fulton County was the only county in the four-county area (Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Williams) to see unemployment below 10%. Henry County was 10%, Defi- ance County was 10.5%, and Williams County was 11.6%.
The Fulton County labor force is estimated at 22,400 persons. In September 2009, ODJFS estimated there were 22,600 workers in Fulton County.
Of the 22,400 in the September 2010 labor force, 20,200 were employed and 2,100 were out of work.
Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Fulton County was tied with Tuscarawas County, in eastcentral Ohio, for the 53rdhighest unemployment rate.
Clinton County, in southwestern Ohio, had the highest September unemployment rate in the state, at 15.7%.
Holmes County was the lowest, at 6.6%. Only four counties (Geauga, Mercer, Delaware and Holmes) had unemployment rates under 7%.
All county data is not seasonally adjusted. The unadjusted September unemployment rate for Ohio was 9.6%, compared to 9.2% for the nation.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. unemployment rate is 9.6%, while the Ohio unemployment rate is 10%.
in the Four County area
|County Jul10 Aug10 Sep10|
|Fulton 11.5 9.7 9.6|
|Defiance 12.5 10.9 10.5|
|Henry 11.7 10.3 * 10.0|
|Williams 13.4 11.8 11.6|
|Ohio-overall 10.3 9.7 9.6|
|*Revised from original announcement.|
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: lowest unemployment rate in
|the four county area.|
|Figures are not seasonally adjusted.|
|Statistics are estimates from the Ohio Departm|
|ent o f J ob & F amily S ervices, B ureau o f L abor|
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