Last updated: November 26. 2013 8:09PM - 1104 Views
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LIMA — Allen County’s unemployment rate ticked up in September from August but then dropped back a bit from September to October, according to numbers released by the state.

Allen County’s unemployment rate in September was 8.0 percent, up from August’s rate of 7.6 percent and up from September a year ago at 6.9 percent. Allen County’s unemployment rate in October was 7.7 percent, down from 8.0 percent in September and up from 6.9 percent October of 2012.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released data Tuesday for September and October. September’s data was delayed because of the federal government shutdown; information is prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Among the state’s 88 counties, October 2013 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Mercer County to a high of 12.0 percent in Meigs County. Rates declined in 74 of the 88 counties statewide. The comparable rate for Ohio was 7.0 percent in October.

Auglaize County’s 5.1 percent rate in October was also among six counties in Ohio with rates below 5.5 percent.

In the region, unemployment rates for September increased from August in Auglaize, Hancock, Logan, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert counties. It remained the same from August to September in Hardin County.

The unemployment rates for October decreased from September in Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Putnam, Shelby and Van Wert counties.

Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment at 5,204,800 increased 2,400 from September to October and 200 from August to September. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 427,000, up 2,000 from 425,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by 31,000 in the past 12 months, from 396,000. The October unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.9 percent in October 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in September and down from 7.9 percent in October 2012.

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