Seneca jobless rate at 8-year low

Seneca County’s April unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since August 2006, according to civil labor force estimates from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In April, Seneca County’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.9 percent from 6.1 percent in March, compared to 7 percent in April 2013.

In April, 1,400 people were unemployed, down from 1,700 in March. In April, 26,400 people were employed, while in March, 26,000 were employed.

The estimate of all people working or seeking work increased from 27,700 in March to 27,800 in April.

Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties all experienced decreases in the unemployment rate.

Hancock County experienced the smallest decrease, from 4.7 percent in March to 4 percent, while Ottawa County experienced the largest decrease, from 10.2 percent to 7.4 percent.

Huron County continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in April. Hancock County has the lowest rate.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation dropped from 6.7 percent in March to 6.3 percent in April. In April 2013, the rate was 7.5 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for April decreased from 6.1 percent in March to 5.7 percent in April. In April 2013, the rate was 7.3 percent.