Fulton County’s unemployment rate dropped below 4 percent, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The labor force estimate showed an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in May, down from 4.4 percent in April. Last May, the jobless rate in the county was 4.8 percent in the county.
Among a labor force of 23,200 it is estimated that 900 people are unemployed in the county.
The unmployment rate in Lucas County also fell, according to the data. The jobless rate in May was 4.6 percent, which is down from 4.9 percent in April. The unemployment rate was 5.2 percent last May.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May 2016, down from 5.2 percent in April. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 300,000, down 2,000 from 302,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 18,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the May 2015 rate of 4.9 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary May 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 10.8 percent in Monroe County. From April, unemployment rates decreased in 76 counties, increased in 6 counties, and did not change in 6 counties.
Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in May. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 3.2; Auglaize, Delaware, and Putnam, 3.3; Hancock and Wyandot, 3.4; and Darke, Madison, and Union, 3.5 percent.
Six counties had unemployment rates above 7.5 percent in May. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Jefferson, 8.2; Noble, 7.8; Meigs and Morgan, 7.7; and Harrison, 7.6.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April and down from 5.5 percent in May 2015.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010 or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise