Fulton County’s unemployment rate dropped more than a point, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The April unemployment rate in the county was 4.4 percent, which is down from 5.6 percent in March. Last April, the rate was 4.7 percent in Fulton County.
The estimates showed 1,000 unemployed in a labor force of 23,000.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate also fell. It dropped from 5.7 percent in March to 4.9 percent in April. Last April, the rate was 5.1 percent. There are 10,300 unemployed in the county, according to estimates.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary April 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Monroe County. From March, unemployment rates decreased in all 88 counties.
Eight counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Auglaize, Delaware, and Holmes, 3.3; Hancock, 3.4; Putnam, Union, and Wyandot, 3.5 percent.
Three counties had unemployment rates above 8.5 percent in April. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Jefferson, 8.8; and Noble, 8.7.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April 2016, up from 5.1 percent in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 302,000, up 8,000 from 294,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000. The April unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the April 2015 rate of 5.0 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from March and down from 5.4 percent in April 2015.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010