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.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.