LIMA — All nine regional county’s unemployment rates have decreased from July to August, 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, 2.8 percent), Putnam County (second, 3.0 percent), Auglaize County (fourth, 3.2 percent), Hancock County (sixth, 3.4 percent) and Van Wert County (10th, 3.5 percent).
Although not all the counties made the top 10 unemployment list, all nine counties were lower than Ohio’s 4.5 percent unemployment rate.
The unemployment rate in Allen County decreased from 5.4 percent in July to 4.3 percent in August. The 1.1 percent decrease is the result of 1,000 fewer workers in the labor force in August than in July. There were 400 fewer people employed and 600 fewer unemployed in August than in July.
Despite a total of 2,000 unemployed, there were 1,543 jobs listed within 10 miles of Lima on Tuesday afternoon on OhioMeansJobs.com. Of those 1,557 jobs, 1,437 were full-time positions, with 30 percent of them middle-income jobs with annual salaries between $30,000 and $49,000.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate went down from 3.8 percent in July to 3.0 percent in August. There were 100 fewer people employed and 100 fewer people unemployed in August than in July. The labor force remained 18,800 from July to August.
Auglaize County’s unemployment rate in August was 3.2 percent, which is .8 percent less than in July. There were 100 fewer people employed in August than in July, while the number of people unemployed decreased by 100 in August. The labor force decreased by 100 from 25,100 in July to 24,800 in August.
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