The Fulton County unemployment rate in March was 8.9%, down from January and February, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated.
Unemployment started the year at 10.5%, dropping to 9.2% in February.
All counties in the fourcounty area (Fulton, Defi- ance, Henry, Williams), plus the entire state, had unemployment decline of twotenths (.2) of a percentage point to a full point.
ODJFS revised February unemployment rates upward.
The Fulton County rate, originally announced at 9.2%, was revised to 9.5%.
Henry County’s was revised from 9.6% to 9.9%. It dropped to 8.9% for March.
Defiance County had the lowest unemployment rate in the four-county area for March, at 7.3%.
ODJFS estimated that during March, Fulton County had a labor force of 21,900; 20,000 were employed, while 2,000 were out of work. Numbers do not add due to rounding.
Pike County, in south-central Ohio, had the highest unemployment rate in March at 13.4%.
In all, 15 counties had unemployment rates of 10% or higher.
The lowest unemployment rate was Mercer County, in central Ohio on the Indiana border, at 4.6%.
Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Fulton and Henry counties tied for 20th in the state.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Without such adjustments, the Ohio unemployment rate was 7.3%, down a half of a percentage point from the revised 7.8% February figure.
The national unadjusted rate was 7.6%.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. rate is unchanged at 7.6%.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state for March was 7.1%.