Although every county in northwest Ohio recorded jobless rates below the state average in June; many saw their numbers surge upward last month. Henry County’s unemployment climbed a full percentage point, from 4.1 to 5.1%. Defiance County matched that figure, up from 4.2% the month before. Fulton County’s jobless rate climbed from 3.7 to 4.6% in June. And Williams County bumped from 3.3 to 4.2% last month. Even Putnam County, with the 2nd lowest unemployment rate of Ohio’s 88 counties, surged from 2.9 to 3.7%. Wood County checked-in at 4.9%, and Paulding County at 4.7%, compared to the state average of 5.3% last month.
Around the Buckeye State, the highest unemployment was in Monroe County at 7.9%; while Mercer County again led the state at 3.3%.