Region jobless rates rise slightly, remain at historic lows


By Mackenzi Klemann - mklemann@limanews.com



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LIMA — Unemployment rose slightly but remained low across the region in May, according to the latest data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday.

Mercer County led the state with 2.1% unemployment, followed by Putnam County in the No. 2 slot with 2.4% unemployment.

Other counties in the weren’t far behind: Auglaize County (2.5%), Hancock County (2.7%) and Van Wert County (2.7%) were all among the top 10 counties with the lowest jobless rates in Ohio.

Allen County saw its jobless rate rise by 0.2 percentage points to 3.2% in May, but April’s 3% unemployment rate was the lowest recorded in Allen County since at least 1970.

Allen County has maintained a jobless rate below 4% for three consecutive months in 2019. The county has only seen jobless rates below 4% six times since 1970, according to historical Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Still, the jobless rate does not account for discouraged workers who are no longer looking for work or whose unemployment benefits have phased out.

Ohio’s labor force participation rate was estimated at 62.4% in May 2019, slightly lower than the national labor force participation rate of 62.8%.

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By Mackenzi Klemann

mklemann@limanews.com

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See our interactive database of unemployment rates at LimaOhio.com/unemployment.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

Reach Mackenzi Klemann at 567-242-0456.

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