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Unemployment Rate Sets New Low



The Fulton County unemployment rate for April was 3.2%, a new record low.

The Ohio Department of Job &Family Services announced the new rate, Friday, May 17.

The Archbold Buckeye has kept detailed unemployment rate records for 10 years and five months, starting in December 2008. The previous low was 3.5% in September 2018.

Fulton County unemployment has been below 4% ten times since December 2008– seven times in 2018 alone.

ODJFS estimated that among the 22,400 workers in Fulton County, 21,700 were employed, while 700 were out of a job.

The 3.2% rate is down 1.5 percentage points from March, which it was 4.7%.

Henry County had the highest rate in the fourcounty area, at 3.9%. Wil- liams County had the lowest, at 2.5%. Defiance was tied with Fulton at 3.2%.

Statewide, unemployment went down in each county.

High, Low

Monroe County, in southeast Ohio on the West Virginia border, had the highest rate in the state, at 6.9%, down 2.1% from 9.1% in March. April was the fifth straight month Monroe County has had the highest rate.

Mercer County, in central Ohio on the Indiana border, had the lowest rate, at 1.9%. In addition to holding the lowestrate title for at least 28 straight months, Mercer County was the only county in Ohio with unemployment under 2%.

State, Nation

All county data is not seasonally adjusted. Comparable figures for the state and the nation were 3.3% each.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, Ohio increased to 4.3%, while the national figure was 3.6%.

ODJFS estimated that during April, there were 5.6 million Ohio residents who were working, with about 192,300 out of work. The total state labor force was about 5.79 million.