Unemployment remained at 10% for the second straight month, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The county unemployment rate had been 8.7% or less since August 2011, but jumped to 10% in January 2012.
Out of the 39 months since December 2008, when the economic downturn started in northwest Ohio, Fulton County unemployment has been under 10% for 12 months. It has been 10% or higher for 27 months.
During 2011, Fulton County unemployment was over 10% four months.
Unemployment rates in Defiance and Henry counties increased in February, based on ODJFS estimates. Defiance County rate went up one-tenth (.1) of a percentage point, to 8.9%. The Defiance County 8.9% rate was the lowest in the four-county area.
The Henry County unemployment rate climbed from 10.5% in January to 10.7% in February. Henry County had the highest unemployment for February.
Williams County went down four-tenths of a percentage point, from 9.8% to 9.4%.
ODJFS estimated for February, there were 22,300 workers in the Fulton County labor force. Of those, 20,000 were employed, and 2,200 were unemployed. Figures do not add due to rounding.
For the second month in a row, Pike County had the highest unemployment in the state, at 15.7%. That’s down from the previous month, when ODJFS estimated unemployment in Pike County was 16.6%.
Mercer County had the lowest unemployment for the second straight month. Feb- ruary unemployment was 5.5%, down one-tenth (.1) of a percentage point from January.
Fulton County had the 27th-highest unemployment rate of the 88 Ohio counties in February, ODJFS estimated.
Henry County was tied with Crawford County for 18th-highest. Williams County was in a four-way tie for 33rd with Ashland, Mahoning, and Erie counties, and Defiance was in a four-way tie with Trumbull, Montgomery, and Darke counties for 45th.
All county-by-county data is not seasonally adjusted.
The comparable figure for the state for February was 8.5%. The national unadjusted figure was 8.7%.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the U.S. rate was 8.3%, while Ohio fell to 7.6%.
ODJFS estimated that during February, Ohio had more than 5.7 million workers, with 5.26 million working and 486,900 out of work.
in the four-county area
*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.