Hancock County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in April from 5.8 percent a month earlier. Rates declined in all 88 Ohio counties.
Hancock County’s decline was the result of a combination of job gains but also unemployed people leaving the labor force, said Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson. But it appears 100 more people Hancock County residents had jobs in April than in March.
April unemployment rates among neighboring counties, with March rates in parentheses, were: Allen, 7.4 percent (8.1); Hardin, 6.9 (7.5); Henry, 7.8 (8.9); Putnam, 5.9 (6.6); Seneca, 6.9 (7.8); Wood, 6.6 (7.2); Wyandot, 6.6 (7.5).