Champaign County jobless rate increased in July

By Nick Walton -

Champaign County’s jobless rate increased again to 4.6 percent in July, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In June, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent with 19,200 employed people and 900 unemployed people. The number of employed people decreased by 300 to 18,900 while the number of unemployed people remained unchanged.

Champaign County’s jobless rate in July 2015 was 4.8 percent with 19,000 employed people and 1,000 unemployed people.

Champaign County was one of 39 counties across the state with an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent or lower.

Logan County’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, unchanged from June.

Mercer County had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.1 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 9.9 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in July, down from 5.0 percent in June. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 11,400 over the month, from a revised 5,494,900 in June to 5,506,300 in July.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 278,000, down 13,000 from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has increased by 11,000 in the past 12 months from 267,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio was 0.1 percentage points higher than the July 2015 rate of 4.7 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 4.9 percent, unchanged from June and down from 5.3 percent in July 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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