Jobless rate drops in August

According to the civilian labor force estimates from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Seneca County’s unemployment rate decreased 0.8 percentage points in August.

In August, the county’s jobless rate was 6.8, down from7.6 in June. This is the lowest the rate has been since December 2012.

In August, 1,900 people were unemployed, compared to 2,100 in July.

In August, 25,700 people were employed. This was a slight increase from July’s 25,600.

The estimate of all people working or looking for work decreased from 27,700 in July to 27,600 in August.

Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties all reported a decrease in the unemployment rate from July.

Huron County had the most dramatic decrease, dropping from 11 percent to 8.6 percent. Hancock County continued to have the lowest unemployment rate at 5.7 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation dropped 0.1 percent to 7.3 percent for the month. In August 2012, the unemployment rate was 8.1 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for August increased 0.1 percent to 7.3 percent.