Fulton County jobless rate drops below 4 percent


By Drew Stambaugh - dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com



The unemployment rate in Fulton County fell in August to lowest rate in years, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday.

The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in August, down from 4.6 percent in July. Last August, the jobless rate was 5.4 percent in the county.

The rate in Lucas County also dropped but stayed above 4 percent. It was 4.5 percent in August, which is down from 5.2 in July. The unemployment rate in the county was 6.3 percent last August.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August 2015, down from 5.0 percent in July. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 14,600 over the month, from a revised 5,396,500 in July to 5,411,100 in August 2015.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 265,000, down 21,000 from 286,000 in July. The number of unemployed has decreased by 45,000 in the past 12 months from 310,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.4 percent in August 2014.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary August 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.3 percent in Monroe County. From July, unemployment rates decreased in all of the 88 counties.

Thirteen counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in August. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 2.9 percent; Delaware, 3.0 percent; Auglaize and Wyandot, 3.1 percent; Hancock, 3.2 percent; Madison, Putnam, and Union, 3.3 percent; Wayne, 3.4 percent; and Darke, Logan, and Warren, 3.5 percent.

Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.5 percent in August. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.0 percent; Adams, 6.8 percent; and Jefferson and Scioto, 6.5 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in July and down from 6.1 percent in August 2014.

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By Drew Stambaugh

dstambaugh@civitasmedia.com

Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010

Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010