The unemployment rate in Seneca County was consistent in October and September, but a closer look at the numbers shows the number of people employed in the area has decreased.
According to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the jobless rate in October was at 8.7 percent, the same rate reported in September. The rate is down from 10.2 percent in October 2010.
Estimates show the jobless rate for the past two months is the lowest since November 2008, when it was 7.8 percent. However, the civilian labor force - the estimate of all people working or seeking work - was at 28,700 last October, compared to 30,400 at that time.
In October, it was estimated 26,200 were employed, a decrease of 200 from September. Estimates for both months showed 2,500 were unemployed.
October was not as positive for neighboring counties, many of which experienced increased unemployment. Wyandot County remained unchanged from September at 9.3 percent unemployment, and Wood County's unemployment rate dropped to 8.4 percent.
The seasonally adjusted rate in Ohio was 9 percent unemployment in October, down from 9.1 percent in September.
The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 9.7 percent in October 2010.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9 percent in October, a decrease from three months of 9.1 percent unemployment.