The unemployment rate was up slightly in Fulton County during the month of October, according to data recently released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate increased to 3.6% in October from 3.4% in September. In October of 2021, the jobless rate was 3.4% in Fulton County.
The labor force estimates for Fulton County showed a workforce of 22,100 with 800 people unemployed.
Also in the area, Henry County had an unemployment rate of 4%, Lucas County 4.5%, Williams County 3.4%, and Defiance County 4.1%.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary October 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8% in Holmes County and Wyandot County to a high of 6.1% in Monroe County. From September, unemployment rates increased in 84 counties, decreased in two counties, and remain unchanged in two counties.
The comparable, not seasonally adjusted, October unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.1%.
Four counties had unemployment rates below 3% in October. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes and Wyandot, were Mercer and Putnam at 2.9%.
Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 5.0% in October. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were: Noble, 5.6%; Jefferson and Meigs, 5.5%; Cuyahoga, 5.2%; and Adams and Harrison, 5%.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% in October 2022, up from 4% in September 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 15,700 over the month, from a revised 5,493,700 in September 2022 to 5,509,400 in October 2022.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 242,000, up from 232,000 in September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 19,000 in the past 12 months from 261,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio decreased 0.3% from 4.5% in October 2021.
The U.S. unemployment rate for October 2022 was 3.7%, up from 3.5% in September 2022, and down from 4.6% in October 2021.
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