County jobless rate decreased in February

By Nick Walton - [email protected]

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

The county’s jobless rate was 4.6 percent in February, down from 4.9 percent in January. While the number of unemployed people remained at 900, the number of employed people increased by 300 to 18,700 in February.

The county’s jobless rate in February 2016 was also 4.6 percent with 19,000 employed people and 900 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 14 counties in the state with an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent or lower in February.

Logan County’s jobless rate was 4.7 percent.

Mercer County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.7 percent while Monroe County had the highest at 11.8 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February, up from 5.0 percent in January. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 15,200 over the month, from a revised 5,506,800 in January to 5,522,000 in February.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 294,000, up 7,000 from 287,000 in January. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000.

The February unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 5.0 percent in February 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for February was 4.7 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than in January, and 0.2 percentage points lower than in February 2016.

By Nick Walton

[email protected]

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.