Seneca jobless rate down

Seneca County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6.1 percent in March, according to the civilian labor force estimates from Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services

The county’s jobless rate dropped from 6.7 percent in February. In March 2013, the rate was 7.8 percent.

In March, 1,700 people were unemployed, a decrease from February’s count of 1,900. The number of people employed in March was 26,000, a slight increase from February’s 25,900. In March 2013, 2,200 people were unemployed while 26,200 were employed.

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

Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Wood and Wyandot counties all reported decreases in the unemployment rate from February to March.

Huron County continued to have the highest unemployment rate at 10.4 percent. Hancock County had the lowest rate at 4.7 percent.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for the nation stayed the same from February to March at 6.7 percent. In March 2013, the unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.

Ohio’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was 6.1 percent for March, down from 6.5 percent in February. The rate in March 2013 was 7.3 percent.