Fulton County unemployment rate decreases slightly in Feb.


By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]



The unemployment rate in Fulton County was down slightly in February, according to recently released data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The civilian labor force estimates showed an unemployment rate of 4.9% in the county for February. That was down from 5.1% in January and 6.1% in February 2021.

An estimated 1,100 Fulton County residents are unemployed among a labor force of 22,100.

In Lucas County, the unemployment rate for February was 5.0%, which is down from 5.3% in January and 7.5% in February 2021. It is estimated that 10,400 people are unemployed in Lucas County out of a workforce of 207,400.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary February 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9% in Holmes County to a high of 8.3% in Monroe County.

From January, unemployment rates decreased in 52 counties, increased in 17 counties, and did not change in 19 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.8% in February.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5% in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Delaware and Mercer, 3.0%; Union, 3.2%; and Wayne, 3.5%.

Eight counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0% in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Morgan, 7.7%; Noble, 7.6%; Ottawa, 7.4%; Huron and Meigs, 7.3%; and Erie and Lorain, 7.0%.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% in February 2022, down from 4.3% in January 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,700 over the month, from a revised 5,432,700 in January to 5,439,400 in February 2022.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 242,000, down from 246,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 91,000 in the past 12 months from 333,000.

By Drew Stambaugh

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