LIMA — Unemployment rates went down throughout the region in March, as the number of employed people climbed and the number of unemployed people dropped in regional counties, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Allen County saw its unemployment rate go down 1.3 percentage points between February and March, to 5.4%. It’s the strongest sign yet that job numbers have stabilized following the COVID-19 outbreak that pushed Allen County’s unemployment rate to 20.5% in April 2020.
There are 400 more people employed in Allen County, with 700 fewer people labeled as unemployed.
There were also 2,148 jobs listed within 10 miles of Lima on the OhioMeansJob.com job search Wednesday afternoon.
Numbers went down similarly in Auglaize County, which saw a 1.1 percentage point decline to 3.3% unemployment. Auglaize County had the fourth-lowest rate in the state and its lowest rate since reaching 2.8% in December 2019. There were 800 people labeled as unemployed in March.
Putnam County’s jobless rate was the seventh-lowest in Ohio. It went down 0.9 percentage points, to 3.4%. It had 600 unemployed people in March.
Holmes County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 2.4%. Monroe County and Mahoning County tied for the highest rate in the state, at 6.6%. Ohio’s rate dropped 0.3 percentage points, to 4.7%. Nationally, unemployment in March was at 6.0%.
Mercer County had the second-lowest rate in the state, at 2.8%.