The unemployment numbers for January in northwest Ohio indicated a surge in jobless claims all over the region. Henry County saw its unemployment rate jump 2% in January, from the month before, hitting 6.2%. That’s compared to the state average of 4.8% unemployment in Ohio. Fulton County was also above the state average in January, which are the latest figures available, when they hit 5.1%. Defiance County’s jobless rate was up over 1% at 4.2%; and Williams County recorded 4.1%. The lowest jobless rate in the region was Putnam County at 3.5%.
The highest unemployment rate in Ohio for January was 8.7% in Monroe County; while Holmes County and Mercer County were lowest in jobless figures for the state, at 2.9 and 3% respectively.