Unemployment rate increases in January


By Drew Stambaugh - [email protected]



The unemployment rate in Fulton County increased in January, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In January, the jobless rate increase to 5.1% in Fulton County from 3.6% in December. That is still lower than it was in January 2021, when it was 6.4%.

The estimates show a labor force of 21,800 in the county with 1,100 people unemployed.

In Lucas County, the unemployment rate increased to 5.3% in January from 4% in December. In January 2021, the jobless rate was 8.1% in the county.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary January 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9% in Holmes County to a high of 8.7% in Monroe County.

From December, unemployment rates increased in all 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.8% in January.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5% in January. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Mercer, 3%; Delaware, 3.1%; Auglaize and Union, 3.3%; Hancock, 3.4%; and Putnam, Wayne, and Wyandot, 3.5%.

Nine counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0% in January. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Morgan, 8.1%; Ottawa, 7.7%; Meigs and Noble, 7.5%; Huron, 7.4%; Adams and Erie, 7.1%; and Lorain, 7.0%.

Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.3% in January 2022, down from 4.5% in December 2021. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,600 over the month, from a revised 5,403,000 in December to 5,421,600 in January 2022.

By Drew Stambaugh

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Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010