The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced last week that the estimated unemployment rate of Fulton County in April was 7.5%, down seven-tenths (.7) of a percentage point from March.
Since January 2008, Fulton County has had the highest unemployment rate in the four county area; 7.5% is the lowest rate so far in 2008. The March rate was 8.2%, revised down a tenth (.1) of a point from an originally announced 8.3%.
Williams County had the lowest unemployment rate in the Four County area, at 5.8%, followed by Defiance County at 5.9%. Henry County April unemployment rate, as estimated by ODJFS, was 7.2%.
ODJFS estimated that in April, there were 23,600 persons in county labor force, with 21,800 working, and 1,800 unemployed.
In Northwest Ohio, Fulton County’s 7.5% unemployment rate was second only to Ottawa County, which had a 7.6% rate. Huron County had an ODJFS estimate of 8.4% in April.
Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Fulton County was tied for the ninth-highest unemployment rate with Muskingum County.
Morgan County, in south- eastern Ohio, had the highest unemployment rate for April, at 9.6%, the only county to top the 9%.
Central Ohio’s Delaware County had the lowest April unemployment rate, at 3.7%.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the month of April for Ohio and the United States as a whole were 5.5% and 4.8%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, ODJFS estimated the April unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.5%. The national rate was 5.6%.
UNEMPLOYMENT in the Four County area
*Revised from original announcement.
Bold type: lowest unemployment rate in
the four county area. Figures are not seasonally adjusted.
Statistics are estimates from the Ohio Department
of Job & Family Services, Bureau of Labor
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