LIMA — Eight of the nine counties in the region saw unemployment rates tick up from April to May, according to numbers released Tuesday by the state.
In Allen County, the May unemployment rate was 7.7 percent, up from 7.4 percent in April and up from 7.5 percent in May 2012, according to monthly unemployment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In the region, only Putnam County’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.9 percent in April to 5.8 percent in May. The region’s counties are split when comparing year over year: Allen, Hardin, Mercer and Putnam counties were higher this May than last, while Auglaize, Hancock, Shelby and Van Wert counties were lower. Logan County was the same.
Among the state’s 88 counties, May unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 11.9 percent in Pike County. Rates rose in 55 of the 88 counties statewide. The comparable rate for Ohio was 6.9 percent in May.
Two counties in the region continued to have some of the state’s lowest unemployment rates. In addition to Mercer County’s 4.3 percent, Auglaize County’s May unemployment rate was 5.1 percent. The two counties were among five in the state that had unemployment rates below 5.5 percent in May.
Six counties, none in the region, had unemployment rates above 1o percent in May.
June unemployment rates and nonagricultural wage and salary data for Ohio will be released July 19. Unemployment rates for counties, cities, and metropolitan areas will be available July 23. The information and the monthly statistical summaries they are based on are also available at http://j.mp/1cjB9KN.