The Fulton County unemployment rate was the lowest in the four-county area during May.
But the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services announced recently that for June, Fulton County had the highest rate in the area.
ODJFS estimated that June unemployment in Fulton County was 6.1%, an increase of 1.9 percentage points.
Typically, when unemployment rates jump in the summer months, it’s attributed to the auto industry and yearly shutdowns.
In fact, the 6.1% figure is the highest rate for Fulton County so far in 2021, and seven out of 12 months in 2020.
Defiance, Henry, and Williams counties– the remaining three in the four-county area– had similar jumps.
Unemployment climbed 1.4 points in Defiance and Henry counties; Williams County went up 1.1 points.
There were 21,200 people in the Fulton County labor force, with 19,900 employed and 1,300 unemployed.
Unemployment was up in each of the 88 counties in Ohio.
There was a three-way tie for the highest rate, at 8.7%: in Meigs County, in southeastern Ohio on the West Virginia border; Erie, in northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shoreline; and Jefferson County, in eastern Ohio on the West Virginia border.
Holmes County, in eastcentral Ohio, had the lowest rate in the state, at 3.8%, which was up 1.2 points from May. Holmes County has had the lowest rate in the state every month so far in 2021.
All county data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the state and the nation as a whole are 6.3% and 6.1%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the national rate is 5.9% and the state is 5.2%.
During June, ODJFS estimated there were about 5.65 million people in the Ohio labor force, with about 5.3 million working and 354,300 unemployed.