The unemployment rate in Fulton County fell in March, according to data released last Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The March rate dropped to 5.4 percent in March from 6.2 percent in February. Last March, the jobless rate in the county was 5.5 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary March 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.6 percent in Monroe County. From February, unemployment rates decreased in 85 counties and increased in 3 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.3 percent in March.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in March. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware and Holmes, 3.3 percent; and Hancock, 3.5 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 8.5 percent in March. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Jackson and Trumbull, 9.2 percent; Mahoning and Meigs, 8.7 percent; and Vinton, 8.5 percent.
Ohio’s adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2017, unchanged from February 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, unchanged from February. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 5.0 percent in March 2016.
The U.S. unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.5 percent, 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in March 2016.
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