The unemployment rate in Fulton County increased during the month of July, according to data released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate for July was 4.4%, an increase from 3.8% in June. In July of 2021, the unemployment rate was 4.8% in Fulton County.
The estimates showed a labor force of 22,500 in the county, with 1,000 people unemployed.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate was 4.7% in July, which was an small increase from 4.6% in June. In July of last year, the rate was 7.1%.
Also in the area, Henry County had an unemployment rate of 4.3%, Defiance County was at 4.2%, Williams County at 3.6% and Wood County at 3.6%.
Marion County had the highest July unemployment rate in the state at 6.4%. Also at 6% or higher were Monroe County, 6.3%; Jefferson County, 6%; and Meigs County, 6%.
Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7%. Other low rates included Holmes County, 2.8%; Putnam County, 2.9%; Wyandot County, 3.2%; Delaware County, 3.2%; and Auglaize County, 3.2%.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in July 2022, unchanged from June 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 7,000 over the month, from a revised 5,477,000 in June 2022 to 5,484,000 in July 2022.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 224,000, unchanged from June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 71,000 in the past 12 months from 295,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1% in July 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for July 2022 was 3.5%, down from 3.6% in June 2022, and down from 5.4% in July 2021.
In July 2022, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 61.9%, down from 62.0% in June 2022 and up from 61.7% in July 2021. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 62.1%, down from 62.2% in June 2022 and up from 61.7% in July 2021.