Fulton County unemployment for December 2012 was up to 7.6%, the second straight month unemployment climbed in the county, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services estimated.
The December rate was one-half of one percent (.5%) higher than the November rate of 7.1%, which was ninetenths of one percent (.9%) higher than the October rate of 6.2%.
October had the lowest rate for 2012.
In the four-county area of Fulton, Defiance, Henry and Williams counties, all but Williams County had unemployment increase in December.
Williams County was unchanged at 6.8%.
Henry County had the largest November-December increase in unemployment, from 6.3% to 7.4%. Defiance County was 6.6%, the lowest in the four-county area.
ODJFS estimated that during December, in Fulton County there were 21,900 persons in the labor force. Of those, 20,200 were working, and 1,700 were unemployed.
Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 10 had unemployment rates in excess of 10%.
The highest December 2012 unemployment was in Pike County, at 12.3%.
Other counties with 10% unemployment were Morgan and Adams (11.1%), Ottawa and Meigs (10.9%), Jefferson (10.6%), Scioto and Huron (10.3%), and Monroe and Vinton (10.1%).
Fulton County was in a five-way tie with Harrison, Lucas, Columbiana and Richland counties for the 26th-highest rate.
The lowest for December was in Mercer County, on the Ohio-Indiana border, at 3.9%.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.
The unadjusted December unemployment rate for Ohio was 6.6%, while the national unadjusted rate was 7.6%.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. unemployment rate becomes 7.8%; Ohio’s was 6.8%.
ODJFS estimated that during December there were more than 5.7 million persons in the Ohio labor force. There were about 5.4 million working, and 376,100 unemployed.