January unemployment rate same as December’s

By Patricia Ann Speelman

SIDNEY — Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in January 2017, unchanged from a revised 5.0 percent in December 2016.

The January unemployment rate for Ohio did not change from one year ago.

Unemployment was 4.8 percent in Shelby County in January, up from 3.9 percent in December, 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 January 2016 was 5.1 percent, which is not seasonally adjusted.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January 2017 was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than in December 2016, and 0.1 percentage point lower than in January 2016.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary January 2017 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.8 percent in Monroe County. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 6 percent in January.

Mercer County was the only one in Ohio in January with an unemployment rate under 4 percent. Six counties had unemployment rates at or above 10 percent in January. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Meigs, 10.9 percent; Noble, 10.6 percent; Adams, 10.4 percent; and Morgan, 10.2 percent; and Ottawa, 10.1 percent.

Surrounding counties’ unemployment rates for January (compared to the December rates) were as follows: Allen, 6.2 (up from 4.8); Auglaize, 4.5 (up from 3.7); Champaign, 4.9 (up from 4.1); Darke, 5.3 (up from 4.1); Logan, 5.1 (up from 4.2); Mercer, 3.9 (up from 3.1); and Miami, 5.3 (up from 4.2).

By Patricia Ann Speelman