Jobless rates improving as Ohio reopens


LIMA — May’s jobless numbers show a modest economic recovery in northwest Ohio as factories, restaurants and offices began to reopen and recall workers that month.

Unemployment in Allen County fell by 5.6 percentage points; Auglaize County’s jobless rate fell by 7.9 percentage points; Putnam County’s dropped 4.4 percentage points; Hardin County jobless claims declined by 8.1 percentage points; Van Wert County’s unemployment rate fell by 5.1 percentage points; and Mercer County’s jobless rate dropped 5% from April to May.

The most dramatic recovery was witnessed in Logan County, which claimed the highest jobless rate in the state in April only to see a 16.6 percentage point drop in jobless claims filed in May as Honda and its suppliers resumed production.

Still, nearly 29,900 Ohioans in the nine-county region were classified as unemployed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in May.

That includes nearly 7,300 people in Allen County alone. As of Tuesday, there were 1,300 jobs within a 10-mile radius of Lima advertised on OhioMeansJobs.

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