County’s jobless rate decreases in April

By Nick Walton -

Champaign County’s jobless rate decreased to 4.0 percent in April, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In March, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent with 19,500 employed people and 900 unemployed people. The number of employed people increased by 100 to 19,600 in April while the number of unemployed people decreased by 100 to 800.

Champaign County’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April 2015 with 19,100 employed people and 800 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 21 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 4.0 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was also 4.0 percent in April, down from 4.5 percent in March.

Mercer County had the lowest rate in the state at 3.0 percent while Monroe County had the highest rate at 12.3 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in April, up from 5.1 percent in March. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 13,600 over the month, from a revised 5,491,400 in March to 5,477,800 in April.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 302,000, up 8,000 from 294,000 in March. The number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 287,000.

The April unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the April 2015 rate of 5.0 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from March and down from 5.4 percent in April 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.

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