County jobless rate decreased in February


By Nick Walton - nwalton@civitasmedia.com



Champaign County’s jobless rate decreased to 4.8 percent in February, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In January, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent with 18,900 employed people and 1,000 unemployed people. In February, the number of employed people increased to 19,200 while the number of unemployed people remained at 1,000.

Champaign County’s unemployment rate in February 2015 was also 4.8 percent, with 19,000 employed people and also with 1,000 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 21 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, down from 4.8 percent in January.

Delaware County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.8 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 12.9 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in February, unchanged from January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,465,300 in January to 5,477,700 in February.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 285,000, up 6,000 from 279,000 in January. The number of unemployed people has decreased by 6,000 in the past 12 months from 291,000. The February unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 5.1 percent in February 2015.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 4.9 percent, unchanged from January and down from 5.5 percent in February 2015.

By Nick Walton

nwalton@civitasmedia.com

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

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