The Fulton County unemployment rate hit 8% in April, the lowest rate for the county since November 2011, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported.
The 8% rate is down 1.6% from 9.6% in March, and is the second-lowest rate since December 2008. In November 2011, ODJFS estimated Fulton County unemployment was 7.6%.
Defiance County continues to maintain the lowest rate in the four-county area, at 7.9% in April.
The Williams County April unemployment rate equaled Fulton County. Henry County was highest, at 8.7%.
ODJFS estimated that during April, Fulton County had 21,800 people in its labor force. That was made up of 20,000 people employed, and 1,700 seeking employment. The figures do not add due to rounding.
Among Ohio’s 88 counties, Pike County had the highest April unemployment, at 13.5%. Mercer County had the lowest, at 4.5%.
ODJFS estimated Fulton County was tied for the 31sthighest unemployment rate with Williams, Montgomery, and Allen counties. Henry County ranked 21st highest.
Defiance County was in a four-way tie for 35th-highest unemployment rate.
All county-level unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.
The comparable, unadjusted rates for the month of April for Ohio as a whole, and the nation, were 7.3% and 7.7%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the national unemployment rate was 8.1%. The state figure is 7.4%.
ODJFS estimated that out of more than 5.77 million people in the Ohio labor force, more than 5.3 million were employment.
The number of unemployed workers in the state during the month of April was estimated at 418,500.