The unemployment rate dipped slightly in July, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The jobless rate in Fulton County was 4.1 percent in July, down from 4.4 percent in June. Last July, the rate sat at 4.6 percent.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate in July was 4.8 percent, which is down from 4.9 percent in June. Last July, the rate was 5.3 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.1 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.9 percent in Monroe County. From June, unemployment rates decreased in 67 counties, increased in 8 counties, and did not change in 13 counties.
Five counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware, 3.4 percent and Hancock, Holmes, and Putnam, 3.5 percent.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.5 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.9 percent; Jefferson, 7.8 percent; and Noble, 7.5 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July 2016, down from 5.0 percent in June. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased by 11,400 over the month, from a revised 5,494,900 in June to 5,506,300 in July 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 278,000, down 13,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 267,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the July 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, unchanged from June and down from 5.3 percent in July 2015.
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