The unemployment rates in Fulton and Lucas counties were up slightly during the month of July, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The Fulton County rate increased to 4.2 percent from 3.9 percent in June, that data said. Fulton County’s unemployment rate in July 2018 was 5.0 percent.
In Lucas County, the rate in July was 4.9 percent, compared to 4.5 percent in June. In July 2018, the rate was 5.4 percent in the county.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2019 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.5 percent in Monroe County. From June, unemployment rates increased in 87 counties and decreased in one county.
The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.6 percent in July.
Five counties had unemployment rates in July at or below 3.5 percent. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were: Wyandot, 3.2 percent; Auglaize, 3.3 percent; Putnam, 3.4 percent; and Holmes, 3.5 percent. Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.5 percent in July.
The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were: Athens, 7.1 percent; Meigs, 7.0 percent; Adams, 6.8 percent; Scioto, 6.6 percent; and Huron and Trumbull, 6.5 percent.
Ohio’s adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in July 2019, unchanged from June. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,500 over the month, from a revised 5,588,500 in June to 5,593,000 in July 2019.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 235,000, up 2,000 from 233,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 28,000 in the past 12 months, from 263,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in July 2018.
The adjusted U.S. unemployment rate for July was 3.7 percent, unchanged from June, and down from 3.9 percent in July 2018.
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