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LIMA — County unemployment rates in the region all dropped from January to February and also from a year ago, according to numbers released by the state Tuesday.

Allen County’s 8.3 percent February unemployment rate is lower than the 9.1 percent in January and 9.1 percent in February 2012.

The lowest February unemployment rate in the region, Mercer County’s 4.8 percent, was also the lowest in the state.

Among the state’s 88 counties, the high was 13.7 percent in Pike County. Rates decreased in every county of the state.

Seven counties had unemployment rates below 6.5 percent in February. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were Delaware, 5.2 percent; Holmes, 5.4 percent; Auglaize, 5.8 percent; and Franklin, Hancock, and Union, 6.3 percent. Six counties had unemployment rates above 12 percent in February. The comparable rate for the state was 7.6 percent.

March 2013 unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released April 19 by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Unemployment rates for counties, cities, and metropolitan areas will be available April 23. Find more employment data at http://ohiolmi.com.

In Ohio, nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 16,100 over the month, from a revised 5,181,100 in January 2013 to 5,197,200 in February, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, in cooperation with ODJFS.

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