The unemployment rate in Fulton County ticked up slightly during September, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The unemployment rate for the county was 4.2 percent in September, which is an increase from 4.0 percent in August. Last September, the rate was also 4.2 percent in the county.
In Lucas County, the unemployment rate was higher in September. It was up to 5.2 percent, from 4.9 percent in August. In September 2015, the rate was 4.6 percent.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary September 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.2 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.2 percent in Monroe County. From August, unemployment rates increased in 80 counties, decreased in 6 counties, and did not change in 2 counties.
Ten counties had unemployment rates below 4.0 percent in September. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Putnam, 3.5 percent; Hancock, Holmes, and Wyandot, 3.6 percent; Delaware, 3.7 percent; Auglaize and Madison, 3.8 percent; and Union and Van Wert, 3.9 percent.
Eight counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent in September.
The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.7 percent; Jefferson and Noble, 7.5 percent; Scioto, 7.3 percent; Jackson and Pike; 7.1 percent; and Morgan County, 7.0 percent.
Overall, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in September 2016, up from 4.7 percent in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 275,000, up 4,000 from 271,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the September 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August and down from 5.1 percent in September 2015.
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