The unemployment rate in Fulton County inched higher in February, according to data released March 28 by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate was 6.2 percent in February, up from 6.1 percent in January. In February 2016, the rate was 5.6 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary February 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.8 percent in Monroe County. From January, unemployment rates decreased in 76 counties,
increased in 11 counties, and remained the same in one. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.9 percent in February.
Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.5 percent in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware, 3.8 percent; Hancock and Holmes, 4.1 percent; Auglaize and Union, 4.2 percent; Franklin, Madison, and Putnam, 4.4 percent; and Warren, 4.5 percent.
Seven counties had unemployment rates above 9.0 percent in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 10.2 percent; Ottawa, 9.6 percent; Adams and Noble, 9.5 percent; Morgan, 9.3 percent; and Jackson, 9.2 percent.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February 2017, up from 5.0 percent in January 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 15,200 over the month, from a revised 5,506,800 in January to 5,522,000 in February.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 294,000, up 7,000 from 287,000 in January. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 5.0 percent in February 2016.
The U.S. unemployment rate for February 2017 was 4.7 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2017, and 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2016.
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