Champaign County jobless rate decreased in October


Champaign County’s jobless rate decreased to 4.2 percent in October, according to information released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The county’s jobless rate was down from 5.3 percent in September with 18,900 employed people and 1,100 unemployed people. In October, the number of employed people increased to 19,100 while the number of unemployed people decreased to 800.

Champaign County’s jobless rate in October 2015 was 3.8 percent with 19,400 employed people and 800 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 35 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent or less.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in October with 22,000 employed people and 900 unemployed people.

Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 9.1 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October, up from 4.8 percent in September. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 280,000, up 5,000 from 275,000 in September. The number of unemployed people increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 265,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the October 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 4.9 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in September of this year and October 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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