After a sharp spike in unemployment in January across Fulton County and the rest of Ohio, it went down statewide in February.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced unemployment was 5.3%, down seven-tenths (.7) of a percentage point from January.
Prior to January, unemployment had not exceeded 5% since July 2018.
The highest rate in the four-county area was in Henry County, at 6.4%. Williams County was the lowest, at 3.7%.
Defiance County was 4.6%.
ODJFS estimated there were 1,200 workers unemployed in Fulton County and 21,400 working, for a total labor force of 22,600.
Fulton County has the largest labor force in the fourcounty area.
There are 18,900 workers in Williams County, 18,200 in Defiance County, and 13,300 in Henry County.
Mercer County, in central Ohio on the Indiana border, had the lowest rate in the state at 2.9%, a position it has held for 26 consecutive months.
Monroe County, in southeast Ohio on the West Virginia border, had the highest rate in the state, at 10.4%.
Monroe County has had the highest rate statewide for the last four months. Out of the last 26 months, Monroe County had the highest rate in Ohio for 20 months.
All county data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the sate and the United States was 4.7% and 4.1%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the state rate is 4.6%; the US is 3.8%.