FEBRUARY 2018 UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FALL IN NW OHIO

The unemployment rates around northwest Ohio were significantly below last year’s jobless numbers for February.   But several counties in the region were still above the state average of 4.8%.             Henry County had the highest jobless rate last month at 5.9%; but that was down from 7.3% in February 2017.            Fulton County’s unemployment hit 5% in February, down from 6.2% last year.            Both Defiance County and Williams County reported big drops in jobless rates, and were below the state average.  Defiance County’s rate fell from 5.9 to 4.5%; and Williams County hit 3.8%, down from 5.1 a year ago.                  Putnam County led the region with unemployment last month at 3.7%, down from 4.4.           And Wood County and Paulding County both checked-in around 4% for their jobless rate.

The highest unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.4% in Monroe County; while Mercer County reported the lowest jobless rate in February at 2.9%.

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