Darke County unemployment at 3.9% in April


DARKE COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Darke County continued its downward trend in April, reaching 3.9 percent according to to information released recently by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Workforce Development, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The March rate was an estimated 4.6 percent in Darke County.

County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. Darke County ranked 13th lowest in unemployment out of 88 counties in Ohio.

The statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April rose slightly from the March estimate, to 5.2 percent from 5.1 percent. The rate in April 2015 was 5 percent.

The civilian labor force in Ohio grew in April to an estimated 5,817,000 from 5,790,000 in March.The labor force participation rate was estimated at 63.5 percent, up from 63.3 percent in March.

The U.S. unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, held steady at 5 percent in April, with a labor force participation rate of 62.8 percent. A year ago, in April 2015, the unemployment rate nationwide was estimated at 5.4 percent.

In Darke County, the labor force in April was estimated at 27,100, with 26,000 employed.

Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary April 2016 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.3 percent in Monroe County.

From March, unemployment rates decreased in all 88 counties.

The comparable (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.8 percent in April.

Eight counties had unemployment rates at or below 3.5 percent in April. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Mercer, were Auglaize, Delaware and Holmes, 3.3 percent; Hancock, 3.4 percent; and Putnam, Union and Wyandot, 3.5 percent.

Three counties had unemployment rates above 8.5 percent in April. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe, were Jefferson, 8.8 percent; and Noble, 8.7 percent.

Surrounding counties’ rates of unemployment for April 2016 were as follows: Auglaize, 3.3 percent, down from 3.9 percent in March; Mercer, 3 percent, down from 3.7 percent; Miami, 4.1 percent, down from 4.7 percent; Montgomery, 4.7 percent, down from 5.2 percent; Preble, 4.6 percent, down from 5.3 percent; and Shelby, 4.0 percent, down from 4.6 percent.

April unemployment down in all 88 counties

By Rachel Lloyd

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