LIMA — For two months in a row, all nine regional counties experienced a drop in unemployment rates, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Five out of the nine counties in this region were among the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.5 percent), Putnam County (second, 2.8 percent), Auglaize County (fifth, 3.0 percent), Hancock County (sixth, 3.1 percent) and Van Wert County (eighth, 3.2 percent).
Although not all area counties made the top 10 unemployment list, all nine counties were lower than Ohio’s 4.1 percent unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate in Allen County decreased from 4.2 percent in August to 4.0 percent in September. The 0.2 percent decrease is the result of 1,000 fewer workers in the labor force in September than in August. There were 800 fewer people employed and 100 fewer unemployed in September than in August.
Despite a total of 1,900 unemployed, there were 1,334 jobs listed within 10 miles of Lima on Tuesday afternoon on OhioMeansJobs.com. Of those 1,334 jobs, 1,241 were full-time positions, with 31 percent of them middle-income jobs with annual salaries between $30,000 and $49,000.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate went down from 3.0 percent in August to 2.8 percent in September. There were 200 fewer people employed and 100 fewer people unemployed in September than in August. In September there were 300 fewer people in the workforce than in August.
Auglaize County’s unemployment rate in September was 3.0 percent, which is 0.2 percent less than in August. There were 400 fewer people employed in September than in August, while the number of people unemployed decreased by 100 in September. The labor force decreased by 400, from 24,800 in August to 24,400 in September.
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