Williams County saw a slight rise in its unemployment rate from April to May, moving from 4.1% to 4.5 % while Fulton County’s unemployment remained unchanged at 4.7%. The rates leave Williams County at 59th and Fulton County at 52nd respectively in the state ranking system.
The state also saw no change and remained at 5.2% from April to May. However, the number of unemployed throughout the state did rise from 297,000 to 302,000 over the same time span. The state unemployment rate is down from 5.7%, with 328,000 unemployed, in the last 12 months.
The national unemployment rate also saw a slight rise, moving from 5.4% to 5.5% over the month.
Preliminary data shows unemployment rates went down in 16 of Ohio’s 88 counties while 17 counties saw unchanged rates and 55 counties saw rising rates. The same data shows rates ranging from 3.1% to 9.4% throughout the state.
Counties with the lowest rates included Mercer (3.1%) as well as Delaware, Holmes, and Wyandot all at 3.4%. Counties with the lowest rates included Monroe (9.4%), Meigs (7.4%), and Scioto (7.1%). Additionally, the counties of Adams, Jackson, Jefferson, and Noble all have rates at 7.0%.
Job gains were seen in professional and business services (+6300); trade, transportation, and utility (+4000); other services (+2400); state government (+1600); manufacturing (+1500); education and health services (+1000); construction (+600); and financial activities (+500). Losses were seen in leisure and hospitality (-2400), local government (-2400), federal government (-500), information (-400), and mining and logging (-200).
Ohioans wishing to learn more about unemployment benefits or who are in search of a job can visit www.ohiomeansjobs.com. The information in this article and the monthly statistical analysis it is based upon are also available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocomm
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