3/8/16 – 10:36 A.M.
Unemployment was up all across the region in January. While rates jumped in the first month of the year, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, unemployment is still lower in every county in the region than it was in January of 2015. Unemployment typically jumps in January with the end of seasonal employment.
In Hancock County the jobless rate was up to 4.4 percent from 3.6 percent in December. While only 200 people left the labor force, 500 less people were employed in January. That led to 300 more people looking for work during the first month of the year.
Three other local counties were below 5 percent unemployment in January; Wyandot (4.5), Putnam (4.9), and Wood (4.9). Elsewhere in the area, Hardin County saw 5.2 percent joblessness, Allen was at 5.5, Seneca County saw 6.1 percent unemployment, and Henry County was at 7.2 percent.
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