SIDNEY– Unemployment rates dropped slightly in Shelby County in October.
Unemployment was 3.6 percent in Shelby County in October, down from 3.7 in September, 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 October 2014 was 3.7 percent, which is not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in October, down from 4.5 percent in September and down from 5.2 percent in October 2014.
Nationwide the unemployment rate for October was 5.0 percent, down from 5.1 percent in September and down from 5.7 percent in October 2014.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary October 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.1 percent in Monroe County. From September, unemployment rates decreased in 45 counties, increased in 23 counties, and did not change in 20 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.2 percent in October.
Nine counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.3 percent in October. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes, 2.9 percent; Wyandot, 3.0 percent; Auglaize, Delaware, and Hancock, 3.1 percent; Putnam, and Union, 3.2 percent; and Medina, 3.3 percent.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.5 percent in October. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs and Noble, 6.8 percent; and Scioto, 6.5 percent.
Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for October (compared to the September rates) were as follows: Allen, 4.0 (down from 4.1); Auglaize, 3.1 (down from 3.2); Champaign, 3.7 (down from 3.8); Darke, 3.4 (down from 3.6); Logan, 3.5 (down from 3.6); Mercer, 2.8 (same); and Miami, 3.8 (same).
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