The unemployment rate increased over 1 percent in January, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services last Tuesday.
The rate was 6 percent in January, up from 4.9 percent in December. The unemployment rate was, however, lower than it was in January of 2015 when it was 6.6 percent.
In Lucas County, the jobless rate climbed to 6.1 percent in January. It was 5.1 percent in December and 6.8 percent in January 2015.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January 2016, up from a revised 4.8 percent in December. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 100 over the month, from a revised 5,475,400 in December to 5,475,500 in January 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 279,000, up 6,000 from 273,000 in December. The number of unemployed has decreased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in January 2015.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary January 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.0 percent in Delaware and Mercer Counties to a high of 13.8 percent in Monroe County. From December, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.5 percent in January. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer and Delaware were: Holmes and Medina, 4.1; Auglaize and Geauga, 4.3; Hancock and Union, 4.4; and Wyandot, 4.5 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates above 10.0 percent in January. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 11.1; Noble, 11.0; Morgan, 10.8; and Adams, 10.3 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.9 percent, down from 5.0 percent in December and down from 5.7 percent in January 2015.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010