Fulton County’s unemployment rate decreased in December, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The unemployment rate was down to 3.5% from 3.8% in November. Last December, the rate was 5.3%.
The number of workers unemployed in Fulton County was estimated to be 800 among a total workforce of 21,900.
Lucas County had a jobless rate of 3.9% in December. That is a decrease from 4.2% in November. In December 2020, the rate was 3.7%.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary December 2021 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2% in Holmes County to a high of 6% in Monroe County.
From November, unemployment rates decreased in 38 counties, increased in 29 counties, and did not change in 21 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 3.4% in December.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 2.5% in December. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Mercer, 2.1%; Delaware, 2.3%; Auglaize, Putnam, and Union, 2.4%; and Madison, Wayne, and Wyandot, 2.5%.
Six counties had unemployment rates above 5% in December. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Ottawa, 5.5%; Noble, 5.4%; Morgan, 5.3%; and Meigs and Pike, 5.1%.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5% in December 2021, down from 4.8% in November. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 8,800 over the month, from a revised 5,396,600 in November to 5,405,400 in December 2021.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 256,000, down from 275,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 65,000 in the past 12 months from 321,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.6% in December 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for December 2021 was 3.9%, down from 4.2% in November 2021, and down from 6.7% in December 2020.
In December, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.5%, up from 61.3% in November 2021 and down from 62.2% in December 2020. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 61.9%, unchanged from 61.9% in November and up from 61.5% in December 2020.
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