County unemployment rate decreased in May

By Nick Walton -

Champaign County’s jobless rate had a slight decrease to 3.9 percent in May, according to information released last week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In April, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent with 19,600 employed people and 800 unemployed people. The number of employed people increased by 100 to 19,700 in May, while the number of unemployed people remained at 800.

Champaign County’s jobless rate was 4.2 percent in May 2015 with 19,300 employed people and 900 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 21 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was also 3.9 percent, down from 4.0 percent in April.

Mercer County had the lowest rate in the state at 2.9 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 10.8 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in May, down from 5.2 percent in April. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,200 over the month, from a revised 5,477,600 in April to 5,486,800 in May.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 300,000, down 2,000 from 302,000 in April. The number of unemployed has increased by 18,000 in the past 12 months from 282,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.2 percentage points higher than the May 2015 rate of 4.9 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April and down from 5.5 percent in May 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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