SIDNEY– Unemployment rates in Shelby County and every other county in Ohio decreased in August.
Unemployment was 3.7 percent in Shelby County in July, down from the 4.5 percent in July, 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 August 2014 was 4.3 percent, which is not seasonally adjusted.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, down from 5.0 percent in July and down from 5.4 percent in August 2014.
Nationwide the unemployment rate for August was 5.1 percent, down from 5.3 percent in July and down from 6.1 percent in August 2014.
Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary August 2015 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.7 percent in Mercer County to a high of 8.3 percent in Monroe County. From July, unemployment rates decreased in all of the 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.3 percent in August.
Thirteen counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in August. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer were Holmes, 2.9 percent; Delaware, 3.0 percent; Auglaize and Wyandot, 3.1 percent; Hancock, 3.2 percent; Madison, Putnam, and Union, 3.3 percent; Wayne, 3.4 percent; and Darke, Logan, and Warren, 3.5 percent.
Five counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.5 percent in August. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 7.0 percent; Adams, 6.8 percent; and Jefferson and Scioto, 6.5 percent.
Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for August (compared to the July rates) were as follows: Allen, 4.1 (down from 4.9); Auglaize, 3.1 (down from 3.8); Champaign, 3.7 (down from 4.7); Darke, 3.5 (down from 4.1); Logan, 3.5 (down from 4.1); Mercer, 2.7 (down from 3.3); and Miami, 3.8 (down from 4.4).
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