The unemployment rate in Fulton County for July was up from the previous month, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In July, the estimated unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in the county, up from 4.6 percent in June. Last July the rate was also 5.1 percent in Fulton County.
The labor force estimate shows a labor force of 22,500 in Fulton County, with 1,100 of those being unemployed.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2018 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.5 percent in Monroe County. From June, unemployment rates decreased in 76 counties, increased in eight counties, and did not change in four counties.
Sixteen counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Wyandot, 3.4 percent; Delaware, Hancock, Holmes, and Union, 3.7 percent; Putnam and Wayne, 3.8 percent; Auglaize, Logan, and Williams, 3.9 percent; and Darke, Madison, Miami, Shelby, and Van Wert, 4.0 percent.
Nine counties had unemployment rates above 6.5 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Adams, 7.2 percent; Huron and Meigs, 7.0 percent; Athens and Scioto, 6.9 percent; and Coshocton, Jefferson, and Trumbull, 6.6 percent.
The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.9 percent in July.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July 2018, up from 4.5 percent in June 2018. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 7,600 over the month, from a revised 5,608,500 in June to 5,616,100 in July 2018.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 265,000, up 6,000 from 259,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 28,000 in the past 12 months from 293,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1 percent in July 2017.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 percent in June, and down from 4.3 percent in July 2017.
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