Archbold, OH

Unemployment Hits Low For Year



Unemployment in Fulton County for September was 4.1%, a new low for the year.

Information from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services indicates the estimated unemployment rate in August was 4.7%

In September, the figure dropped six-tenths (0.6)%.

Defiance County was higher, at 4.5%. Henry and Williams counties tied for the lowest rate in the four-county area, at 3.9%.

In the last eight years, 10 months, Fulton County has been at 4.1% or below nine times. In addition to September, those months were September 2015, July 2016 (4.1%); August, October, and November 2016 and August and October 2015 (4%), and May 2016 (3.9%).

During September, there were 1,100 persons unemployed in Fulton County and 21,700 persons employed, for a total labor force of 22,800.

Unemployment increased in three counties. It decreased in the remaining 85 Ohio counties.

Fulton County was in a five-way tie for the 57thhighest rate in the state. Other counties with 4.1% unemployment were Wood, Hamilton, Butler, and Pickaway.

High, Low

Trumbull County, in northeast Ohio on the Pennsylvania border, had the highest rate in Ohio at 7.9%. It is the second time in 2017 the county has had the highest rate.

Two other counties had rates of 7% or higher: Monroe County, in southeast Ohio (7.5%), and Mahoning County, which shares borders with Trumbull County and Pennsylvania (7.0%).

Mercer County, in westcentral Ohio on the Indiana border, had the lowest rate, at 2.8%. Mercer County has had the lowest rate for 18 consecutive months, and for September, was the only county with unemployment less than 3.2%.

State, Nation

All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for Ohio as a whole and the nation were 4.7% and 4.1%, respectively.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, Ohio was 5.3%; the national rate was 4.2%.

ODJFS estimated there were 270,800 Ohio residents out of work. There were almost 5.5 million employed, for a total labor force of about 5.77 million.

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