LIMA — Six of the nine regional county’s unemployment rates have declined from March to April, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The other three counties has remained steady.
Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.3 percent), Auglaize County (third, 2.8 percent), Hancock (sixth, 2.9 percent), Putnam County (eighth, 3.0 percent) and Van Wert (10th, 3.1). Although not all the counties made the top 10 unemployment list, all other counties either matched or were lower than Ohio’s 4.0 percent unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate in Allen County dropped from 4.2 percent in March to 4.0 percent in April. There were 300 fewer people employed in April than in March, bringing the labor force down to 48,300.
Despite a total of 1,900 unemployed, there were 1,356 jobs available within 10 miles of Lima on Tuesday afternoon, according to OhioMeansJobs.com. Of those 1,356 jobs, 1,267 were full-time opportunities, with 27 percent of them being middle-income jobs with annual salaries between $30,000 and $49,000.
Putnam County’s unemployment dropped from 3.2 percent in March to 3.0 in April. This rate was the eighth best rate for Ohio behind Hancock at 2.9 percent. There were 100 fewer people employed and the same amount of people unemployed in March than in April. The labor force decreased by 200 from 19,100 in March to 18,900 in April.
Auglaize County’s unemployment rate in April is 2.8 percent, which is consistent with the rate in March. This rate was the third best in Ohio, following Mercer County with 2.3 percent. There were 100 fewer people employed in April than in March. Also, there are currently 700 people who are unemployed, which is consistent with the amount in March. This has caused the labor force to go down 100 people from 24,900 in March to 24,800 in April.
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