LIMA — Eight of the nine regional county’s employment rates have declined since last month, according to figures released Wednesday by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The other county has remained stagnant.
Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.7 percent), Putnam County (third, 3 percent), Auglaize County (sixth, 3.1 percent), Hancock County (seventh, 3.1 percent) and Van Wert (10th, 3.4). Although not all the counties made the top 10 unemployment list, three were lower than Ohio’s 4.2 percent unemployment rate and one matched it.
The unemployment rate in Allen County dropped from 4.5 percent in October to 4.2 percent in November. The number of people unemployed in November has decreased by 200 people since October. Also, the number of people employed has increased by 300, bringing the labor force to 48,200.
Although the number of people who were unemployed in November has not gone down, there were 1,163 jobs available within 10 miles of Lima on Wednesday afternoon, according to OhioMeansJobs.com. Of the 1,163 jobs, 1,089 were full-time opportunities with 28 percent of them being middle-income jobs with salaries between $30,000 and $49,000 a year.
Putnam County’s unemployment remained stagnant at 3.0 percent in October and November. This rate was the second-best, three months in a row, for Ohio behind Mercer County with 2.7 percent. The amount of people employed and unemployed have not changed since October, so the labor force remains at 18,900.
Auglaize County’s unemployment rate has dropped .2 percent. In October the unemployment rate was 3.3 percent and it dropped in November to 3.1 percent. The amount of people employed and unemployed has also not changed, so the labor force for this county remains at 24,500.
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