Last updated: March 25. 2014 7:22PM - 659 Views
By Heather Rutz hrutz@civitasmedia.com

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LIMA — Unemployment rates decreased in all regional counties from January to February, according to state numbers released Tuesday.

In Allen County, the unemployment rate for February was 7 percent, which was a decrease from January’s 7.6 percent and 8.8 percent from a year ago. The labor force decreased by 200 people, while the number of employed increased by 200 and the number of unemployed decreased by 300.

Mercer County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in February, 4.3 percent, which was down from January’s 4.4 percent and 5.1 percent a year ago. Seven counties, including Auglaize, Mercer and Hancock counties, had unemployment rates below 5.5 percent in February.

Four counties, but none in the region, had unemployment rates at or above 12 percent. Those rates compare with a statewide unemployment rate of 7 percent in February.

Across the state, rates decreased in 86 counties and stayed even in two counties. This comes a month after rates increased in all 88 counties in January.

Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 4,600 during the month, from a revised 5,284,600 in January to 5,280,000 in February. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 377,000, down 18,000 from 395,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 44,000 in the past 12 months from 421,000.

The data are produced by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and U.S. Labor Department. County rates for March will be released April 22.

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