Area unemployment rates fell in April, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In Fulton County, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent from 5.4 percent in March. In April 2016, the rate sat at 4.3 percent.
According to the estimates, Fulton County had a labor force of 22,900 in April with 1,000 unemployed.
Lucas County saw a smaller drop with the unemployment rate dropping to 5.2 percent in April from 5.5 percent in March. Last April, the county had a jobless rate of 4.8 percent.
Among an estimated labor force of 211,900 in the county, 11,100 were unemployed, according to the data.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary April 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.6 percent in Monroe County.
From March, unemployment rates decreased in all 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.4 percent in April.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.0 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 2.7 percent; Delaware and Hancock, 2.9 percent; and Putnam and Union, 3.0 percent.
Eleven counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.0 percent in April. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Jefferson and Meigs, 6.8 percent; Jackson, 6.6 percent; Ottawa, 6.3 percent; Noble and Trumbull, 6.2 percent; Adams, Scioto, and Vinton, 6.1 percent; and Mahoning, 6.0 percent.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 5,700 over the month, from a revised 5,518,500 in March to 5,512,800 in April 2017.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 288,000, down 5,000 from 293,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 5,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio, at 5.0 percent, did not change from April 2016.
The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.
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