|86 of 88 Ohio counties see unemployment rate fall|
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014 8:20 PM|
Allen County saw a drop of 6 tenths on its unemployment rate for February. The county’s rate fell from 7.6 to 7.0 percent.
In civilian labor force estimates released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 86 of 88 Ohio counties had a drop in the rates with the other two counties unchanged for the month.
The workforce declined slightly from 48,200 and 3,700 unemployed to 48,000 with 3,400 unemployed.
Van Wert County had the lowest unemployment rate in nearly six years in February. The jobless rate dropped from January’s 6.5 percent to 6.0 percent in February. That is the lowest rate since March 2008, when the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.
In addition, the number of unemployed in the county has hit its lowest mark since November 2007. That number, 800, is a decrease from 900 in January.
The number of employed workers remained at 12,700. By contrast, in November 2007, the estimate of working county residents was 14,600.
Around the area, each county had declining rates. Putnam County had a 6.6 percent rate in January drop to 6.3 percent in February. Paulding County fell from 6.8 percent in January to 6.4 percent in February. Mercer County continued to have the lowest county rate in the state, sliding from 4.4 to 4.3 percent.
Mercer County’s 4.3 percent was the lowest in Ohio for February. Delaware and Holmes counties were at 4.6 percent, Auglaize County hit 4.7 percent, Union and Hancock counties reported 5.2 percent rates and Franklin County was listed with a 5.4 percent unemployment rate.
The Ohio state unemployment rate for February dropped four-tenths of a point to 6.5 percent. The national jobless rate rose one-tenth to 6.7 percent in February.