The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated that for the month of May, unemployment in Fulton County was 7.4%.
That figure is down onehalf of one percentage point (.5%) from the April figure of 7.9%.
While down, the Fulton County rate remains the highest in the four-county area.
Williams County had the lowest rate, at 6.7%, up from 6.6% in April.
Defiance County unemployment remained unchanged at 6.9%, while the rate in Henry County fell one-half of one percentage point (.5%), to 7.3%.
ODJFS estimated that there were 22,000 workers in the Fulton County labor force, the largest in the fourcounty area.
There were 20,400 workers employed, and 1,600 out of a job and seeking work.
Fulton County was in a four-way tie for the 32ndhighest unemployment rate out of the 88 Ohio counties.
Other counties with 7.4 % unemployment were Marion, in central Ohio; Harrison, in east central Ohio, and Athens, in southeastern Ohio.
Fulton County’s 7.4% rate is the lowest unemployment has been in 2013.
Since 2005, the lowest unemployment rate, as established by ODJFS, was recorded in October 2006, when it was 4.8%.
The highest rate recorded for Fulton County was 16%, in January 2010.
During May, six counties in eastern or southern Ohio had unemployment rates of 10% or higher.
The highest was in Pike Township in south-central Ohio, at 11.9%.
Mercer County, on the Indiana border in central Ohio, had the lowest rate, at 4.3%.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Unadjusted May unemployment rates for Ohio and the United States were 6.9% and 7.3%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the Ohio rate becomes 7%. The national rate rises to 7.3%.
During May, ODJFS estimated Ohio had a labor force of more than 5.75 million workers.
Of those, about 5.36 million were working, and an estimated 396,100 were not.