County jobless rate increased in January


Champaign County’s jobless rate increased to start off the year, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The county’s jobless rate was 4.9 percent in January, up from 4.1 percent in December 2016. The number of employed people decreased by 200 to 18,400 in January, while the number of unemployed people increased by 100 to 900.

The county’s jobless rate in January 2016 was also 4.9 percent with 18,800 employed people and 1,000 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 15 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent or lower in January.

Logan County’s jobless rate was 5.1 percent.

Mercer County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.9 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 12.8 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in January, unchanged from a revised 5.0 percent in December 2016. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,100 over the month, from a revised 5,503,700 in December 2016 to 5,501,600 in January.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in January was 287,000, up 3,000 from 284,000 in December. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 283,000. The January unemployment rate for Ohio did not change from one year ago.

The U.S. unemployment rate for January was 4.8 percent, 0.1 percentage points higher than in December 2016, and 0.1 percentage points lower than in January 2016.

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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