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June Unemployment Up Statewide




 

 

Unemployment rates for June were up in all 88 Ohio counties, the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services said.

In Fulton County, the rate was up one-half of one percentage point (.5%), from 4.5% to 5%.

It was the smallest jump in rates in the four-county area. Henry County unemployment went up seventenths (.7) of a point, to 5.3%; Defiance and Williams counties went up six-tenths (.6) of a point, to 5.2% and 4.6%, respectively.

Fulton County was in a five-way tie for 53rd-highest unemployment rate in the state. Other counties with 5% unemployment in June were Morrow, Seneca, Ashland, and Wood.

There were 1,100 Fulton County residents out of work. Another 21,700 were employed, for a total labor force of 22,800.

High, Low

Mercer County had the lowest rate in Ohio, at 3.4%, up six-tenths (.6) of a point. Mercer County has held the lowest rate for many months, including the first six months of 2017.

Meigs County had the highest rate, at 8.2%. It was the first time in at least 17 months Monroe County, also in southeastern Ohio, did not have the highest statewide rate.

State, Nation

All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable June unemployment figures for the state and the nation were 5.4% and 4.5%, respectively.

When the figures are seasonally adjusted, the Ohio rate is reduced to 5%; the national rate is 4.4%.

ODJFS estimated there were 312,800 Ohio residents unemployed.

There were more than 5.5 million Ohioans who were employed, making the total state labor force more than 5.8 million.


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