Delaware County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in June, an increase from 3.2 percent in May, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In June 2016, the local jobless rate was 3.7 percent. Delaware County’s labor force was estimated to be 106,100, with 101,900 employed and 4,200 unemployed.
Delaware County had the third-lowest unemployment figure in Ohio. Mercer County continued to have Ohio’s lowest rate at 3.4 percent. Putnam County’s jobless rate was 3.7 percent.
Meigs County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.2 percent.
Franklin County’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.4 percent. The estimated labor force is 680,600, with 650,700 employed and 29,900 unemployed.
Central Ohio’s overall unemployment rate was estimated at 4.4 percent in June. The region’s total labor force stands at 1,076,300, with 1,028,700 employed and 47,600 unemployed.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported that the overall unemployment rate for Ohio was 5 percent in June, which was up from May’s 4.9 percent, according to a report released on July 21.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported July 21 that the national unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June, up slightly from the 4.3 percent rate in May. The country’s June 2016 unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.
Compared to the rest of the U.S., Colorado and North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rates in the country at 2.3 percent, while Alaska had the highest unemployment rate of 6.8 percent in June.
The number of unemployed Ohioans in June totaled 291,000, which is up from the 286,000 in May. The report states that the number of unemployed has increased by 10,000 over the last year in Ohio. The unemployment rate for Ohio in June 2016 was 4.9 percent.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release the June 2017 metropolitan area employment numbers on Aug. 2. The July 2017 state employment reports will be released Aug. 18.
D. Anthony Botkin may be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @dabotkin.