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LIMA — West central Ohio continues to lead the way in low unemployment rates in the state.

Of the six counties with unemployment rates below 6.0 percent in March, three are in the region. Mercer County again had the lowest unemployment rate, 4.6 percent, according to numbers released Tuesday by the state. Auglaize and Hancock counties also had rates below 6 percent.

The March unemployment rate dropped in all counties in the region from February to March, including in Allen County, from 8.5 percent to 8 percent. Rates fell in 85 of 88 counties for the same period. The comparable rate for the state was 7.3 percent in March. The March 2013 rate also dropped in all counties in the region from a year ago.

Among the state’s 88 counties, March 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.6 percent in Mercer County to a high of 13.4 percent in Pike County. Eight counties, none in the region, had unemployment rates above 11.0 percent in March.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 7.6 percent, down from 7.7 percent in February, and down from 8.2 percent in March 2012.

April unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services May 17. Unemployment rates for counties, cities, and metropolitan areas will be available May 21. This information and the monthly statistical summaries they are based on are also available at http://ohiolmi.com/laus/releases.htm.

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