LIMA — The nine-county region saw little change in unemployment in October, maintaining some of the lowest unemployment rates in the state.
The most significant decrease was witnessed in Hardin, Hancock and Mercer counties, which each saw their unemployment rates fall by 0.2 percentage points from September, according to the latest unemployment data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
All other counties saw their unemployment rates fall by 0.1 percentage points, if there was any month-to-month change at all.
Of the six counties in Ohio with unemployment rates below 3.0%, two were in the region. Mercer County remained the lowest rate in the state at 2.6 percent. Putnam County had the sixth-lowest rate at 2.9 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.2% in October, higher than the U.S. average of 3.6%.