The unemployment rate was up in November in Fulton County, according to date released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate remained low, but increased to 4.3 percent from 3.9 percent in October. Last November, the jobless rate in Fulton County was 4.7 percent.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in November from 4.5 percent in October. It was 5.4 percent last November.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in November 2015, up from 4.4 percent in October. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,900 over the month, from a revised 5,427,100 in October to 5,437,000 in November 2015.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 255,000, up 6,000 from 249,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 41,000 in the past 12 months from 296,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.2 percent in November 2014.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary November 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Geauga and Medina County to a high of 9.7 percent in Monroe County. From October, unemployment rates increased in
81 counties, decreased in six counties, and did not change in one county.
Eleven counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Geauga and Medina were: Mercer, 3.1; and Delaware, Holmes, and Lake, 3.3; Hancock and Union, 3.4; and Auglaize, Putnam, and Wyandot, 3.5 percent.
The highest rates in Ohio were along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati and along the border with West Virginia.
Seven counties had unemployment rates at or above 7 percent in November. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs and Noble, 7.4; Jefferson and Scioto, 7.2; Adams, 7.1; and Morgan, 7.0.
The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 5.0 percent, unchanged from October and down from 5.8 percent in November 2014.
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