Area unemployment rates fell slightly in February, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The jobless rate in Fulton County fell to 5.8 percent in February from 6.0 percent in January. In February of last year, the unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.
The estimated labor force of Fulton County was 22,800, according to the data, with 1,300 unemployed.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February from 6.1 percent in January. In February of 2015, the rate was 6.2 percent.
The estimated labor force in Lucas County was 210,400 with 12,200 unemployed.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in February 2016, unchanged from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from 279,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in February 2015.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary February 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.8 percent in Delaware County to a high of 12.9 percent in Monroe County. From January, unemployment rates increased in 7 counties, decreased in 75 counties, and did not change in 6 counties.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Delaware, were: Holmes and Mercer, 3.9 percent and Auglaize, 4.0 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 10.0 percent in February. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were: Noble, 11.0; Morgan, 10.8; Meigs, 10.2; and Adams, 10.0 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 4.9 percent, unchanged from January and down from 5.5 percent in February 2015.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010