Jobless numbers lowest since 2000

Seneca County’s unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent for the first time since November 2000 last month.

According to information released Tuesday by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate for the county was 3.9 percent in April, down from 4.1 percent in March and down from 4.3 percent in April 2017.

Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak was pleased with the rate and said he didn’t remember the last time it was that low.

“It is good to see the unemployment rate below 4 percent and below the national average, continuing a positive trend,” he said. “Such a low unemployment rate is both evidence of the strength of the local economy and further proof that developing the workforce continues to be the community’s No. 1 economic development priority.”

There were about 26,600 people employed in April, which was the same as in March but was up 300 from April of last year.

According to statistics, the civilian labor force, the estimate of all people working or looking for work, was 27,700 in April, which was the same as in March but was 200 higher than in April 2017.

The labor force and employment estimates for April and March are the same, but the unemployment rate was lower due to rounding, according to the Job and Family Services website.

Unemployment estimates in surrounding counties saw decreases across the board in April compared to March.

Ottawa County had the highest unemployment rate in April with 6.2 percent, but the figure was a 1-percent decrease from March’s estimate. The lowest area rate was 2.9 percent in Hancock and Wyandot counties.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.3 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March and down from 5.1 percent in April 2017.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 3.9 percent in April, down from 4.1 percent in March and down from 4.4 percent in April 2017.

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