Champaign County’s unemployment rate rose for the third consecutive month in July, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The county’s unemployment rate increased from 4.4 percent in June to 4.7 percent in July, the highest rate since March.
While the number of unemployed people in the county remained at 900, the number of employed people decreased by 300 from 19,400 to 19,100 in July.
In July 2014, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.8 percent.
Champaign County was one of 37 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent or lower.
Logan County’s unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, unchanged from June.
Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.3 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 9.9 percent.
Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in July, down from 5.2 percent in June. Ohio’s non-farm wage and salary employment increased 14,900 over the month, from a revised 5,384,200 in June to 5,399,100 in July.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 286,000, down 10,000 from 296,000 in June. The number of unemployed people has decreased by 30,000 in the past 12 months from 316,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was down 5.5 percent in July 2014.
The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 5.3 percent, unchanged from June and down from 6.2 percent in July 2014.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.