County’s unemployment rate decreased in August

By Nick Walton -

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

In July, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent with 18,900 employed residents and 900 unemployed people. The number of employed people increased to 19,100 while the number of unemployed people decreased to 800 people in August.

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

Champaign County was one of 34 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 4.2 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent with 22,400 employed people and 900 unemployed people.

Mercer County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.0 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 9.0 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in August, down from 4.8 percent in July. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,000 over the month, from a revised 5,505,400 in July to 5,503,400 in August.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in August was 272,000, down 6,000 from 278,000 in July. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 263,000. The August unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the August 2015 rate of 4.6 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for August was 4.9 percent, unchanged from July and down from 5.1 percent in August 2015.

By Nick Walton

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.