County jobless rate dips 1 percent

Seneca County’s unemployment rate fell nearly 1 percent, as all surrounding counties saw their rates decrease in April, according to the Civil Labor Force Estimates from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Seneca County’s 6.9 percent jobless rate in April was down from 7.8 in March and is down nearly 1.5 percent from April 2012. Ohio’s unemployment is down from 7.3 in March to 6.7 in April, according to rates that are not seasonally adjusted.

The national unemployment rate is at 7.1 percent, down 0.5 percent from March and down 0.6 percent from April 2012, according to rates that are not seasonally adjusted.

Ottawa County’s jobless rate fell the most in the area – nearly 3 percent – while Huron County also saw a substantial decrease in unemployment at 10.3 percent in April, down from 12.1 in March.

Hancock County, which continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the area, was 5.3 percent in April, down 0.5 percent from March.

Sandusky County’s jobless rate fell 1 percent to 6.8 percent and Wyandot County decreased from 7.5 in March to 6.6 percent in April.