The unemployment rate rose slightly in Fulton County during October, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate increased to 3.8 percent from 3.5 percent in September. Last October, the unemployment rate was 4 percent in Fulton County.
In Lucas County, the jobless rate was 5.1 percent in October, an increase from 4.9 percent in September. In October 2017, the rate was 5.2 percent in the county.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary October 2018 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 6.5 percent in Adams County. From September, unemployment rates increased in 84 counties, decreased in one county, and did not change in three counties.
The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.3 percent in October.
Two counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.0 percent in October. The county with the lowest rate, other than Mercer was: Putnam, 3.0 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.0 percent in October. The counties with the highest rates, other than Adams were: Monroe, 6.3 percent; Scioto, 6.1 percent; and Pike and Trumbull, 6.0 percent.
Ohio’s adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in October 2018, unchanged from September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,900 over the month, from a revised 5,636,300 in September to 5,647,200 in October 2018.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 266,000, unchanged from September. The number of unemployed has decreased by 16,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.9 percent in October 2017.
The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 3.7 percent, unchanged from September, and down from 4.1 percent in October 2017.
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