Unemployment rates fall in the region, up slightly overall in Ohio

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Aug. 24—LIMA — Unemployment numbers around the region declined in July compared to a month earlier, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Allen County's jobless rate dropped from 6.4% in June to 6.3% in July. It was 8.7% in July of 2020.

In Auglaize County, the rate went from 4.6% to 4.5%. It was 7.3% in July of 2020.

Hardin County had the region's highest unemployment rate, which dropped from 7% to 6.6%. It was 8.1% in July of 2020.

Hancock County went from 5.2% to 5%. It was 7% in July of 2020.

Logan County edged lower, going from 5.1% to 5%. It was 7.3% in July of 2020.

Mercer County had the area's lowest unemployment rate at 3.8%, compared to 3.9% in June. It was 5.7% in July of 2020.

Putnam County dropped from 4.1% to 4%. It was 5.2% in July of 2020.

Shelby County went from 5.3% to 5%. It was 7.8% in July of 2020.

Van Wert County went from 4.9% in June to 4.7% in July of this year. It was 6.7% in July of 2020.

In Ohio, the July 2021 unemployment rate was 5.4%. It was 5.2% in June.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 19,200 over the month, from a revised 5,321,700 in June to 5,340,900 in July 2021.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 301,000, up from 291,000 in June. The number of unemployed has decreased by 235,000 in the past 12 months from 536,000. The July unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 9.3% in July 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for July was 5.4%, down from 5.9% in June, and down from 10.2% in July 2020.

In July, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 60.5%, up from 60.2% in June 2021 and down from 62.0% in July 2020. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 61.7%, up from 61.6% last month and up from 61.5% one year ago.

Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 19,200 over the month, from a revised 5,321,700 in June to 5,340,900 in July, according to the latest business establishment survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Reach reporter Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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