May 25—LIMA — Unemployment rates went up in four local counties, down in four local counties and stayed the same, according to data reported by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Perhaps most importantly, though, rates were down an average of 15.6 percentage points compared to figures in April 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic had its biggest effect on area unemployment rates.
Allen County saw its unemployment rate increase to 6.5% in April, up 1.1 percentage points from March. That's the result of 300 fewer people employed as well as 300 more people attempting to join the labor force compared to March, bringing the number of unemployed in the county up to 3,200.
Still, the higher rate is well below the 20.5% unemployment reported in April 2020, when 10,000 people were unemployed.
There are also a number of jobs out there.
OhioMeansJobs.com reported there were 2,676 jobs available within 20 miles of Lima on Tuesday morning, Of those available jobs, 28% were estimated as entry-level jobs paying less than $30,000 a year, with 30% paying $30,000-$49,999, 24% paying $50,000-$79,999, 9% paying $80,000-$99,000 and 8% paying more than $100,000.
The statewide unemployment rate was 4.7% in April, unchanged from its March rate. It was down from 16.4% in April 2020. The U.S. unemployment rate for April was 6.1%, up 0.1 percentage points from March.
Auglaize County, which had the 10th lowest rate in Ohio, also saw its unemployment rate go up, by 0.2 percentage points to 3.4% as 100 more people joined the labor force.
Other counties with increased unemployment rates included Hardin County (4.5% in April) and Logan County (3.7%).
Putnam County's unemployment rate went down 0.1 percentage points, to 3.4% in April. It was the eighth-lowest rate in Ohio. The county saw 200 more people employed in April than in March, with another 100 people joining the workforce while the number of unemployed people stayed steady at 600.
Mercer County had the second-lowest rate in the state at 2.6%, behind only Holmes County's 2.2%.
Other area counties with decreased unemployment rates were Hancock County (4.4%) and Van Wert County (3.7%).