Ohio’s jobless rate falls


By Heather Willard - hwillard@aimmedianetwork.com



Unemployment rates in Shelby and surrounding counties fell dramatically in April, compared to March’s rates.


SIDNEY — Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in April 2017, down from 5.1 percent in March 2017.

The April unemployment rate for Ohio, did not change from April 2016.

Unemployment was at 3.5 percent in Shelby County in April, down from 4.1 percent in March, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development, Bureau of Labor Market Information.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April 2017 was 4.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in March 2017, and 0.6 percentage points lower than in April 2016.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary April 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.6 percent in Monroe County. From March, unemployment rates decreased in all 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.4 percent in April.

Six counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.0 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 2.7 percent; Delaware and Hancock, 2.9 percent; and Putnam and Union, 3.0 percent. No county had an unemployment rate in April higher than Monroe County’s.

Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for April (compared to March rates) were as follows: Allen, 4.5 (down from 5.1); Auglaize, 3.3 (down from 3.7); Champaign, 3.5 (down from 4.0); Darke, 3.5 (down from 4.3); Logan 3.5 (down 4.2); Mercer, 2.5 (down from 3.0); and Miami, 3.6 (down from 4.3).

Unemployment rates in Shelby and surrounding counties fell dramatically in April, compared to March’s rates.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/05/web1_Unemployment-April.jpgUnemployment rates in Shelby and surrounding counties fell dramatically in April, compared to March’s rates.

By Heather Willard

hwillard@aimmedianetwork.com