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LIMA — Unemployment has decreased once again, with September data showing Allen County and other surrounding counties lowered their number of jobless residents, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Unemployment is down 0.1 percentage point in September compared with August in Allen County. Lima’s rate is in line with the county, as its unemployment rate also decreased by 0.1 percentage point. This change took the city from 5.9 percent unemployed in August to 5.8 percent unemployed in September.
Unemployment is also modestly down or steady in surrounding counties.
Most of the are counties’ unemployment rates decreased, including Mercer County (down to 2.9 percent), Putnam County (3.9 percent), Van Wert County (4.3 percent) and Hardin County (4.6 percent).
Auglaize County held steady at 3.5 percent unemployment for August and September.
The region had four of the seven rates below 4 percent in September, including Mercer County, Auglaize County, Hancock County and Putnam County. Mercer County maintained its hold as the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
The state employment rate also decreased 0.1 percentage point from August to September, with about 6,000 more people employed in nonfarm wage and salary employment in Ohio in September than in August, according to Ohio Job and Family Services data.
The decrease in the state also means that the number of workers unemployed in Ohio in September was down 5,000 from August.
Ohio has had a good year as well, with unemployed people decreasing by 110,000 in the past 12 months.
The U.S. unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points, from 6.1 percent in August to 5.9 percent in September.
To read the full article with a database of unemployment rates in the state see the Lima News.