LIMA — August marked the end of a three-month rise in unemployment in Allen County, new estimates from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show.
Allen County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2% in August, falling 0.6 percentage points from July, according to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released by JFS on Tuesday.
Those estimates also suggest a growing workforce in Allen County, which peaked at 49,000 persons in August and June compared to just 47,700 in May.
But it appears there may be more people seeking work than job openings.
There were 1,412 job openings within a 10-mile radius of Lima advertised by OhioMeansJobs on Tuesday, while the number of unemployed in Allen County in August was estimated at 2,000. Within a 20-mile radius that number is about even — 1,972 job openings with about 2,000 people seeking work.
The west central region continues to see lower unemployment than most of Ohio, with Mercer County leading the state with 2.7% unemployment.
Statewide, unemployment was 4.1% in August, higher than the 3.7% national rate.
While statewide employment grew, Ohio lost 1,200 manufacturing and 200 construction jobs from July to August. But the Bureau of Labor Market Information estimates the Lima area added 900 manufacturing jobs in August, a 10.6% month-over-month increase.
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