SIDNEY — Unemployment numbers in Shelby County and the state of Ohio decreased slightly or remained the same in November.
Unemployment was 3.6 percent in Shelby County in November, down from 3.8 percent in October, 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 November 2015 was 4.0 percent, which is not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in November, the same as in October and up from 4.7 in November of 2015.
Nationwide the unemployment rate for November was 4.6 percent, down from 4.9 in October, and down from 5.0 percent in November 2015.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary November 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.0 percent in Monroe County. From October, unemployment rates decreased in 66 counties, increased in 15 counties, and did not change in 7 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.4 percent in November.
Nine counties had unemployment rates below 3.5 percent in November. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were: Holmes and Putnam, 3.1 percent; Delaware and Hancock, 3.2 percent; and Auglaize, Madison, Union, and Wyandot, 3.4 percent.
Four counties had unemployment rates at or above 7.0 percent in November. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Noble, 7.9 percent; Meigs, 7.2 percent; and Pike, 7.0 percent.
Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for November (compared to the October rates) were as follows: Allen, 4.5 (down from 4.7); Auglaize, 3.4 (down from 3.6); Champaign, 4.1 (down from 4.2); Darke, 3.6 (down from 3.7); Logan, 3.8 (down from 3.9); Mercer, 2.8 (down from 3.0); and Miami, 3.9 (down from 4.1).
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