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County Unemployment Falls Almost Two Points




Unemployment rate in Fulton County and in the four county area fell dramatically the month of August, statistics from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services say.

Fulton County unemployment rate fell from 7.2% in July, to 5.4% in August, a drop of 1.8 percentage points, the largest drop in the four county area.

All four counties saw unemployment rates drop from July to August by at least 1.3 percentage points. Defiance and Henry counties saw the lowest rate in the four counties, at 5.2%; Williams County August rate was also 5.4%, ODJFS estimated.

Fulton County estimated the August unemployment rate puts it in a five-way connection and 39th highest unemployment rate in the state.

ODJFS estimated that during August, Fulton County had 23,600 in its labor force, with 22,400 persons working, and 1 ,300 jobless.

High, Low

Mercer County, in west-central Ohio, had the lowest August unemployment rate among Ohio’s 88 counties, at 3.8%. Meigs County, in southeast Ohio, had the highest, 8.9%.

Nine Ohio counties had August unemployment rates under 4.6%. In addition to Mercer, they were Delaware, Holmes, and Union (4.1%); Warren (4.3%); and Clemont, Clinton, Hancock, and Shelby 4.5%.

Seven counties were above 7% in August. In addition to Meigs, they were Pike, 8.4%; Monroe and Morgan, 8.1%; Muskingum, 7.1%; Scioto, and Vinton 7%.

ODJFS estimated 6 million persons in the Ohio labor force, with almost 5.7 million working, and 324,300 jobless.

State, Nation

All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. The unadjusted August unemployment figures for Ohio and the United States were 5.4% and 4.6%, respectively.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. rate is unchanged; Ohio’s unemployment is 5.7%.

UNEMPLOYMENT in the Four County area

County Jun07 Jul07 Aug07
Fulton 6.4 7.2 5.4
Defiance 6.2 6.5 5.2
Henry 6.2 6.8 5.2
Williams 6.4 6.8 5.4
Ohio-overall 6.1 5.7 5.4

*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
Market Information. Archbold Buckeye chart.



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