The unemployment rate dropped slightly in Fulton County during August, according to data released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The unemployment rate fell to 4 percent in August from 4.1 percent in July. The rate was 4.1 percent last August.
Fulton County had the 18th lowest rate among the state’s 88 counties.
In Lucas County, the rate ticked up slightly. It was 4.9 percent in August, up from 4.8 percent in July. The unemployment rate in August 2015 was 4.8 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary August 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.0 percent in Monroe County. From July, unemployment rates decreased in 72 counties, increased in one county, and did not change in 15 counties.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in August. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Putnam, 3.2 percent; Holmes, 3.3 percent; Delaware and Wyandot, 3.4 percent; Auglaize, Hancock, Madison, and Union, 3.5 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates above 7.0 percent in August. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.6 percent; Jefferson, 7.4 percent; Noble, 7.2 percent; and Scioto, 7.1 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August 2016, down from 4.8 percent in July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 272,000, down 6,000 from 278,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the August 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent in August 2015.
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