Northwest Ohio counties got a jolt from the jobless numbers for December, where nearly every county in the region surged higher in unemployment last month. Henry County’s unemployment climbed by over 1%, rising from 6.3 to 7.4% in December. Fulton County’s unemployment rose from 7.1 to 7.6%. Those two counties were above the state average in jobless figures.
Defiance County nudged slightly higher at 6.6%, for the lowest reading in the four-county area. Williams County’s unemployment actually fell in December to 6.8%.
Putnam County was again lowest in the region, with their jobless rate of 5.4%. But it was also an increase from the 5% rate of November. And Wood County hit 6.1% for December.
Around the Buckeye State, Pike County had the highest unemployment in December, at 12.3%. Mercer County checked-in with the lowest jobless rate in the state last month, at 3.9%. Holmes County was next lowest at 4.2%. The average unemployment in Ohio was 6.8% for December.