Unemployment rate up in county

By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@aimmediamidwest.com

Fulton County’s unemployment rate climbed to 5 percent in June, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

That is up from 4.5 percent in May. Last June, the unemployment rate was 4.4 percent. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in June 2017, up from 4.9 percent in May 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,500 over the month, from a revised 5,517,300 in May to 5,528,800 in June 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 291,000, up 5,000 from 286,000 in May. The number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 in the past 12 months from 281,000. The June unemployment rate for Ohio increased from 4.9 percent in June 2016.

Fulton County’s rate was below the state’s not seasonally adjusted rate of 5.4 percent.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary June 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.4 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.2 percent in Meigs County. From May, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties.

Seven counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in June. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Putnam, 3.7 percent; Delaware, Hancock, Holmes, and Wyandot, 3.9 percent; and Auglaize, 4.0 percent.

Eight counties had unemployment rates above 7.0 percent in June. The counties with the highest rates, other than Meigs were: Monroe, 8.1 percent; Jefferson, 7.5 percent; Scioto, 7.4 percent; Athens, 7.3 percent; Coshocton and Jackson, 7.2 percent; and Pike, 7.1 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for June 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in May 2017, and 0.5 percentage points lower than in June 2016.


By Drew Stambaugh


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