State unemployment rates rise

SIDNEY — Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in July 2017, up .2 percent from June’s 5 percent figure.

The July unemployment rate for Ohio rose .3 percent from the July 2016 rate.

Unemployment seems to be rising in Shelby County. The July rate, 5 percent, jumped .6 point from June’s 4.4 percent and is up 1.1 percent from May’s 3.9 percent rate, 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 July 2017 was 4.6 percent, 0.2 percentage point higher than in July 2017, and 0.7 percentage point lower than in July 2016.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2017 unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, ranged from a low of 3.5 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.7 percent in Trumbull County. From June, unemployment rates increased in 45 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Thirteen counties saw slight decreases. There was no change in the rate in 30 Ohio counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 5.5 percent in July.

Three counties had unemployment rates below 4 percent in July. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were Wyandot and Delaware, each at 3.9 percent.

Five counties had unemployment rates above 8.0 percent in July. The counties with the highest rates, other than Trumbull were Huron and Monroe, 8 percent; Mahoning, 8.1 percent; and Meigs, 8.1 percent.

Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for July (compared to June rates) were as follows: Allen, 5.9 (up from 5.3); Auglaize, 4.2 (up from 4); Champaign, 5.1 (up from 4.4); Darke, 4.5 (up from 4.4); Logan 4.5 (up from 4.4); Mercer, 3.5 (up from 3.4); and Miami, 4.6 (no change).

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By Patricia Ann Speelman

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