Jobless rate slightly higher in Fulton County

By Drew Stambaugh -

The unemployment rate was up slightly in Fulton County during the month of May, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The jobless rate in May was 4.5 percent, up from 4.4 percent in April. In May 2016, the rate was 3.8 percent.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary May 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.2 percent in Monroe County. From April, unemployment rates increased in 53 counties, decreased in 27 counties, and did not change in eight counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.6 percent in May.

Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in May. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes and Putnam, 3.1 percent; Delaware, Hancock, and Wyandot, 3.2 percent; Auglaize and Union, 3.4 percent; and Madison and Wayne, 3.5 percent. Eight counties had unemployment rates above 6.0 percent in May. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Jefferson, 6.8 percent; Meigs, 6.5 percent; Jackson, 6.2 percent; and Cuyahoga, Lorain, Scioto, and Trumbull, 6.1 percent

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in May 2017, down from 5.0 percent in April 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 6,300 over the month, from a revised 5,509,100 in April to 5,515,400 in May 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 286,000, down 2,000 from 288,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio, at 4.9 percent, did not change from May 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May 2017 was 4.3 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in April 2017, and 0.4 percentage points lower than in May 2016.

By Drew Stambaugh

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