SIDNEY– Unemployment rates in Shelby County and the surrounding area fluctuated only slightly in July.
Unemployment was 4.5 percent in Shelby County in July, up from the 4.4 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development, Bureau of Labor Market Information.
The county unemployment rate in July 2014 was 5.3 percent, which is not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in July, down from 5.2 percent in June and down from 5.5 percent in July 2014.
Nationwide the unemployment rate for July was 5.3 percent, the same as in June and down from 6.2 percent in July 2014.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.9 percent in Monroe County. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.0 percent in July.
Ten counties had unemployment rates below 4 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were Delaware and Holmes, 3.5 percent; Wyandot, 3.6 percent; Auglaize and Putnam, 3.8 percent; Hancock, Madison, and Union, 3.9 percent; and Wayne, 4.0 percent.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were Meigs, 8.3 percent; Adams, 7.7 percent; Scioto, 7.6 percent; Jefferson, 7.4 percent; Jackson and Pike, 7.3 percent; and Athens and Noble, 7.0 percent.
Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for July (compared to the June rates) were as follows: Allen, 4.9 (up from 4.8); Auglaize, 3.8 (up from 3.7); Champaign, 4.7 (up from 4.4); Darke, 4.1 (down from 4.2); Logan, 4.1 (same in June); Mercer, 3.3 (down from 3.4); and Miami, 4.4 (same in June).
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