Fulton County unemployment rate drops

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

The unemployment rate in Fulton County was down in September, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent from 4.1 percent in August. Last September, the rate was 4.2 percent. The estimated number of unemployed was 900, according to the data.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary September 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.9 percent in Trumbull County. From August, unemployment rates increased in three counties and decreased in 85 counties.

The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.7 percent in September.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in September. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Putnam, 3.2 percent; Delaware, Hancock, and Holmes, 3.3 percent; Auglaize, Union, and Wyandot, 3.4 percent; and Madison, 3.5 percent.

Four counties had unemployment rates above 6.5 percent in September. The counties with the highest rates, other than Trumbull were: Mahoning, 7.5 percent; Monroe, 7.0 percent; and Meigs, 6.9 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in September 2017, down from 5.4 percent in August 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,500 over the month, from a revised 5,546,500 in August to 5,557,000 in September 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 305,000, down 6,000 from 311,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 21,000 in the past 12 months from 284,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in September 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.2 percent, down from 4.4 percent in August, and down from 4.9 percent in September 2016.

By Drew Stambaugh