Fulton County’s unemployment rate jumped in January, according to data recently released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in January from 4.6 percent in December 2016. In January 2016, the rate in the county was 5.8 percent.
The county rate is not seasonally adjusted.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary January 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.8 percent in Monroe County. From December, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 6.0 percent in January.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.5 percent in January. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware, 4.1 percent; Hancock and Holmes, 4.4 percent; and Auglaize and Union, 4.5 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 10.0 percent in January. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 10.9 percent; Noble, 10.6 percent; Adams, 10.4 percent; Morgan, 10.2 percent; and Ottawa, 10.1 percent.
Ohio’s adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in January 2017, unchanged from a revised 5.0 percent in December 2016. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,100 over the month, from a revised 5,503,700 in December 2016 to 5,501,600 in January 2017.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 287,000, up 3,000 from 284,000 in December. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio did not change from one year ago.
The U.S. unemployment rate for January 2017 was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in December 2016, and 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2016.
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