LIMA — Unemployment numbers dropped throughout the region according to numbers supplied by the state of Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Allen County dropped to 3.6% in April from 4.1% in March, the highest unemployment rate in the area just above the 3.4% in Hardin County.
Hancock County achieved the biggest drop falling to 2.5 % from a high for March of 3.4 %. The second largest drop of .8% was Shelby County which dropped to 2.8% from 3.6%. Auglaize County dropped from 2.9% in March to 2.3% in April. Mercer County continues to lead the area in low unemployment figures with April unemployment at 2.1% down from 2.6%.
Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services lists the labor force in Allen County at 47,000 with 45,300 employed leaving 1700 persons looking for employment. Van Wert County, Putnam County, and Hardin County each have 400 persons unemployed.