Archbold, OH

Unemployment Trending Down



The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced that during March, unemployment in Fulton County was down six-tenths (.6%) of a percentage point, to 4.7%.

In fact, across the 88 counties in Ohio, rates fell in 87 counties, while one remained the same.

Unemployment in Fulton County started the year in January at 6%, the highest rate recorded in the county in 23 months. It fell to 5.3% in February.

In the past 10 years and three months, county unemployment has been at 4.7% six times: September 2014, April, May and June 2014, August 2017, and March 2019.

Fulton County was in a three-way tie with Stark and Tuscarawas counties for the 37th-highest rate in the state.

Henry County had the highest rate in the four-county area, at 5.6%. Williams had the lowest, at 3.2%.

ODJFS estimated there were 22,600 people in the county labor force. Out of those, 21,600 were working and 1,100 were out of a job.

Figures do not add due to rounding.

High Low

Monroe County, in southeastern Ohio on the West Virginia border, had the highest rate in the state at 9.1%, down from 10.4% the preceding month. Monroe County has had the highest rate in the state for five straight months.

Mercer County, in central Ohio on the Indiana border, had the lowest rate in the state, at 2.4%, down from 2.9% the previous month. Mercer County has held the lowest rate title for at least 27 consecutive months.

State, Nation

All county data is not seasonally adjusted.

Comparable figures for Ohio and the United States as a whole were 4.1% and 3.9%, respectively.

When seasonal adjustments are applied, Ohio was at 4.4%; the nation was 3.8%.

There were 5.8 million workers in the Ohio labor force, with about 5.57 million working. There were an estimated 240,700 out of work.