Unemployment rates up in region

By Sam Shriver - sshriver@limanews.com

LIMA — Area counties saw the unemployment rate jump in January compared to December figures, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.

The highest unemployment rate in the region belonged to Allen County, where the rate went from 4.8% in December to 5.9% in January.

Auglaize County saw its December unemployment rate jump from 3.4% to 4%, while Putnam County went from 3.2% to 3.8%.

Other counties also saw their rates go up.

Van Wert County went from 3.7% in December to 4.6% in January.

Hardin County’s unemployment rate jumped from 4.7% in December to 5.6% in January.

Mercer County had the area’s lowest unemployment rate at 3.4%. That compares with a 2.8% jobless rate in December.

Shelby County went up from 4% in December to 5% in January.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate went from 3.8% in December to 5% in January.

Logan County went up a full percentage point, going from 4% in December to 5% in January.

Overall, statewide January’s unemployment rate checked in at 5.3%, a slight improvement from December’s 5.6% rate.


By Sam Shriver


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