The month of February produced lower jobless numbers in northwest Ohio; and some counties were even below the state average, which hasn’t happened in years. Defiance and Williams Counties led the way, with their unemployment rates last month at 6.2%. That’s lower than the state average of 6.5%. Henry County’s jobless rate fell from 8.1% in January, to 7.7% for February. Fulton County reported an even bigger drop; but their rate of 8.1% was still highest in the region. Defiance and Williams Counties even beat Putnam County for lowest in northwest Ohio. Putnam County checked-in at 6.3%, the same figure as Wood County.
Checking around the Buckeye State; Monroe County had the highest unemployment at 14.2%. Mercer County had the lowest jobless figure at 4.3% in February; while Delaware and Holmes counties tied at 4.6%.