The Fulton County unemployment rate in May was 11.8%, the lowest in the fourcounty area, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported recently.
The county’s unemployment has been declining since January, when ODJFS officials said unemployment was 16%. In February, it dropped to 15.7%; March, 14.4%; and April, 12.7%.
There were 2,700 unemployed Fulton County residents, with 20,000 employed. The total labor force in the county was 23,000.
During May, none of the four counties exceeded 12.7% unemployment. Williams County was the highest, at 12.7%.
Delaware County, in central Ohio, had the lowest May unemployment rate, at 7.2%. Clinton County had the highest, at 16.7%.
Fulton County tied for the 27th-highest unemployment with Brown County. Defiance County was in a three-way tie for 21st; Henry County was 20th; and Williams County was in a fourway tie for 12th.
Statewide, 59 Ohio counties had unemployment rates above 10%, leaving 29 counties below double digits.
ODJFS estimated 599,500 Ohioans were unemployed in May. Combined with the 5,359,000 employed workers, Ohio had a total estimated labor force of 5,959,300 in May.
All county data is not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unadjusted rate for May was 10.1%; when seasonal adjustments are applied, the state rate is 10.7%.
The national May unemployment rate, without seasonal adjustments, was 9.3%. Seasonal adjustments drove the figure to 9.7%.
in the Four County area
*Revised from original announcement.
: 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
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