The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the Fulton County October unemployment rate was 6.2%, the lowest so far this year.
It’s also the lowest unemployment rate since November 2007, when unemployment was 5.4%.
Unemployment has been on a downward trend since July, when the figure spiked at 7.8%. It was 6.7% in August and 6.5% in September.
Henry County had the lowest October rate, at 5.8%. Defiance County unemployment was 6.3%. Williams County had the highest unemployment, at 6.8%.
ODJFS estimated that during the month of October, Fulton County had a labor force estimated at 21,700. The number of employed workers was 20,400, with 1,300 unemployed.
Fulton County was in a sixway tie for 50th-highest unemployment rate in the state in October. Other counties with a 6.2% unemployment rate were Hamilton, Stark, Cuyahoga, Morrow, and Fayette.
Pike County had the highest unemployment at 11.5%. Mercer County, on the Indiana border in central Ohio, had the lowest unemployment, 3.8%.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.
The October unemployment for Ohio was 6.3%, and 7.5% for the United States.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the state rate rises to 6.9%, while the U.S. unemployment is 7.9%.
ODJFS estimated Ohio had a total labor force of 5.8 million.
That’s comprised of more than 5.4 million employed workers, and an estimated 364,300 who are out of work.