LIMA — Allen County’s unemployment rate dipped to its lowest rate since December 2019, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Allen County recorded an unemployment rate of 4.2%, with just 2,000 unemployed people on the rolls. That 2,000 was also the lowest number since December 2019. The number of people working grew by 700 people since September, when the rate was 5.7%, according to JFS. The labor force did shrink by 100 people in the past month, though.
There were 2,535 jobs within 10 miles of Lima on Tuesday afternoon, according to the OhioMeansJobs.com search portal.
Putnam County saw its unemployment rate shrink to just 2.5%, its lowest since reaching 2.4% in May 2019. There were just 500 unemployed people, the lowest since November 2019, and 100 more people were working than in September.
Putnam County had the second-lowest rate in the state, just behind Holmes County (2.4%).
Unemployment figures for counties aren’t seasonally adjusted.
The only uptick in the nine-county region was in Auglaize County, which saw its rate increase from 3.4% in September to 3.5% in October. That apparent bad news hid some good news for the county, which was 300 more people working and 200 more people in the labor force.
Mercer County had the sixth-lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 2.8%.
The highest rate in Ohio was in Monroe County, at 5.8%.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.8%, below the national rate of 3.8%.