The area unemployment rate dropped slightly in October, according to data recently released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In Fulton County, the unemployment rate was 4 percent in October, down from 4.2 percent in September. The rate was also 4 percent last October.
Fulton County’s unemployment rate, ranked among the lowest in the state. Most of the lowest rates were from the western half of the state.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary October 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.1 percent in Monroe County. From September, unemployment rates decreased in 75 counties, did not change in 7 counties, and increased in 6 counties.
Six counties had unemployment rates below 3.5 percent in October. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Putnam, 3.3 percent and Delaware, Hancock, Holmes, and Wyandot, 3.4 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 7 percent in October. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were: Noble, 7.5 percent; Jackson and Meigs, 7.1 percent; and Jefferson and Morgan, 7 percent.
Ohio’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October 2016, up from 4.8 percent in September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 280,000, up 5,000 from 275,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 265,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the October 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.9 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in September 2016 and October 2015.
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