Unemployment rates in the area were mostly unchanged in September, according to date released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In Fulton County, the rate increased slightly from the previous month. The rate of 4.1 percent in September was up from 3.9 percent in August. Last September, the jobless rate was 4.9 percent in the county.
According to the estimate, 900 members of the labor force were unemployed in Fulton County.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate was steady at 4.5 percent in September. Last September the rate was 5.7 percent.
It was estimated that during September 9,400 people out of the labor force of 206,600 were unemployed in Lucas County.
Toledo’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in September, down from 5 percent in August.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary September 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.4 percent in Monroe County. From August, unemployment rates increased in 46 counties, decreased in 11 counties, and did not change in 31 counties.
Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in September. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.0 percent; Delaware, 3.1 percent; Auglaize, Hancock, and Wyandot, 3.2 percent; Putnam, and Union, 3.3 percent; Madison, 3.4 percent; and Wayne, 3.5 percent.
Four counties had unemployment rates above 6.5 percent in September. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 6.8 percent; Scioto, 6.7 percent; and Jefferson, 6.6 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in September 2015, down from a revised 4.6 percent in August. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 8,600 over the month, from a revised 5,409,500 in August to 5,400,900 in September 2015.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 254,000, down 11,000 from 265,000 in August. The number of unemployed has decreased by 51,000 in the past 12 months from 305,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.3 percent in September 2014.
The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.1 percent, unchanged from 5.1 percent in August and down from 5.9 percent in September 2014.
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