County jobless rate rose in September


Champaign County’s jobless rate increased to 5.3 percent in September, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The county’s jobless rate was up from a revised 4.1 percent in August with 19,400 employed people and 800 unemployed people. In September, the number of employed people decreased to 18,900 while the number of unemployed people increased to 1,100.

In September 2015, Champaign County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent with 19,200 employed people and 800 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 55 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 5.3 percent or less.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent with 22,000 employed people and 1,000 unemployed people.

Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.2 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 9.2 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in September, up from 4.7 percent in August. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 3,100 over the month, from a revised 5,501,000 in August to 5,497,900 in September.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was 275,000, up 4,000 from 271,000 in August. The number of unemployed has increased by 12,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The September unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the September 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in August and down from 5.1 percent in September 2015.

By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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