The unemployment rate in Fulton County inched lower in July, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The rate in Fulton County fell to 4.6 percent from 4.7 percent in June. Last July, the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in the county.
Lucas County was the same with a small drop to 5.2 percent in July from 5.3 percent in June. The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in July of 2014.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in July 2015, down from 5.2 percent in June. Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 14,900 over the month, from a revised 5,384,200 in June to 5,399,100 in July 2015.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 286,000, down 10,000 from 296,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 30,000 in the past 12 months from 316,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.5 percent in July 2014.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.9 percent in Monroe County. From June, unemployment rates decreased in 32 counties, increased in 29 counties, and stayed the same in 27 counties.
Ten counties had unemployment rates at or below 4.0 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Delaware and Holmes, 3.5 percent; Wyandot, 3.6 percent; Auglaize and Putnam, 3.8 percent; Hancock, Madison, and Union, 3.9 percent; and Wayne, 4.0 percent.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 8.3 percent; Adams, 7.7 percent; Scioto, 7.6 percent; Jefferson, 7.4 percent; Jackson and Pike, 7.3 percent; and Athens and Noble, 7.0 percent.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 5.3 percent, unchanged from June and down from 6.2 percent in July 2014.
Drew Stambaugh can be reached at 419-335-2010