Seneca jobless rate dips in July

Seneca County’s unemployment rate dipped down from June to July.

According to information provided by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the July employment rate was 4.8 percent, down from 5 percent in June. July’s rate also was down from a 5.3 percent unemployment rate in July 2017.

The civilian labor force for July, the number of all people working or seeking work, was 27,500 with 1,300 people unemployed.

Area counties also had a minor drop in unemployment rates from June to July.

Hancock County was at 4.1 percent in June and was down to 3.7 percent in July. Wyandot County had a minor dip from 3.7 percent in June and 3.4 percent in July.

Crawford County, however, had a slight increase from 5.5 percent in June to 6.3 percent in July.

Across the state, Ohio’s seasonably adjusted unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in July, a slight increase from 4.5 percent in June. The unemployment rate for the state in July 2017 was a seasonally adjusted 5.1 percent.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in July was 265,000 — which was up 6,000 from 259,000 in June. According to the release, the number of unemployed decreased by 28,000 in the past 12 months from 293,000.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted U.S. unemployment rate for July was 3.9 percent, down from 4 percent in June and down from 4.3 percent in July 2017.