Fulton County’s unemployment rate incrased in December, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The unemployment rate rose to 4.6 percent in December from 4.0 percent in November. In December 2015, the rate was 4.9 percent.
In Lucas County, the jobless rate rose to 4.9 percent from 4.8 percent in November. The unemployment rate sat at 5 percent last in December 2015.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary December 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.1 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.6 percent in Monroe County. From November, unemployment rates increased in 81 counties, decreased in 4 counties, and did not change in 3 counties.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in December. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware and Holmes, 3.4 percent; and Hancock, 3.5 percent.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.5 percent in December. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Noble, 8.6 percent; Morgan, 7.9 percent; and Ottawa, 7.5 percent.
County rates are not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was a seasonally adjusted 4.9 percent in December 2016, unchanged from November. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 10,300 over the month, from a revised 5,506,900 in November to 5,517,200 in December 2016.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 282,000, up 4,000 from 278,000 in November. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 273,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the December 2015 rate of 4.8 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 4.7 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in November 2016, and 0.3 percentage points lower than in December 2015.
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