County jobless rate still among lowest in state

By Andrea Chaffin -

Madison County remains among the 20 counties in the state with the lowest unemployment rates.

The county’s jobless rate decreased to 4.3 percent in March, according to information released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Of the 21,300-member labor force, about 900 are unemployed.

In February, the county’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, and in March 2015, it was 4.5.

Franklin County’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, the same percentage as in February; Champaign County’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in February; Union County’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in February.

Holmes County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.6 percent, while Monroe County had the highest at 13.4 percent.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March, up from a revised 5.0 percent in February. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 18,300 over the month, from a revised 5,475,500 in February to 5,493,800 in March 2016.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 294,000, up 9,000 from 285,000 in February. The number of unemployed has increased by 4,000 in the past 12 months from 290,000. The March unemployment rate for Ohio was equal to the March 2015 rate of 5.1 percent.

The U.S. unemployment rate for March was 5.0 percent, up from 4.9 percent in February and down from 5.5 percent in March 2015.

By Andrea Chaffin

Reach Andrea Chaffin at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619, and on Twitter @AndeeWrites.

Reach Andrea Chaffin at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619, and on Twitter @AndeeWrites.