Jobless rate inches higher

The unemployment rate for Fulton County remained under 5 percent in May, according to the data.

The unemployment rate in Fulton County ticked up slightly in May, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The rate in May was 4.7 percent, which is an increase from 4.6 percent in April. The unemployment rate last May was 5.2 percent.

In Fulton County the estimated labor force is 22,600 with 1,100 unemployed.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary May 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.1 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.4 percent in Monroe County. From April, unemployment rates decreased in 16 counties, increased in 55 counties, and stayed the same in 17 counties.

Four counties had unemployment rates below 3.5 percent in May. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware, Holmes, and Wyandot, 3.4 percent.

Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent in May. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.4 percent; Scioto, 7.1 percent; Adams, Jackson, Jefferson, and Noble, 7.0 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in May 2015, unchanged from April. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,000 over the month, from 5,395,000 in April to 5,407,000 in May 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 302,000, up 5,000 from 297,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 26,000 in the past 12 months from 328,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.7 percent in May 2014.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 5.5 percent, up from 5.4 percent in April but down from 6.3 percent in May 2014.