The Fulton County August unemployment rate slipped below 5% for the third time in 2017, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimated.
Unemployment started the year at 6.1%, then peaked at 6.2% in February. It was 4.4% in April and 4.5% in May before hitting 5% in June and 5.1% in July.
In the four-county area, Williams County had the lowest rate, at 4.5%. Defiance County had the highest, at 5.4%. Henry County had the same rate as Fulton County, at 4.7%.
Fulton County was tied for the 57th-highest rate. Other counties sharing the figure are Hamilton, Morrow, Pickaway, Clermont, and Henry counties.
Of the total Fulton County labor force of 22,800, there were 21,700 workers employed, with 1,100 out of work.
Of the 88 counties in Ohio, five counties had their unemployment rates increase. Eight had rates that remained unchanged, while the majority, 75, had a decrease.
Meigs County, in southeastern Ohio on the Ohio River opposite West Virginia, had the highest rate in the state, at 8.5%. It’s the second time in 2017 Meigs County had the highest rate.
Mercer County, in central Ohio in the Indiana border, had the lowest rate, at 3.2%. It has held the title every month in 2017.
All county unemployment data is not seasonally adjusted.
Unadjusted rates for Ohio and the United States were 5.3% and 4.5%, respectively.
When seasonal adjustments are applied, the Ohio rate climbed to 5.4%; the national rate was adjusted to 4.4%.
During August, there were 5.48 million Ohioans working, with another 308,100 unemployed. The total Ohio labor force is close to 5.8 million.