The estimated number of people unemployed in Seneca County has hit a four-year low.
According to statistics released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Tuesday, the jobless rate for the county dropped to 6.8 percent in August, which is the lowest reported rate since September 2008. Unemployment was 7.7 percent in July and 8.7 percent in August 2011.
In addition to the rate, the number of people unemployed was 1,900, the lowest rate since March 2008. There were 2,200 people unemployed in July, and 2,500 unemployed in August 2008.
The civilian labor force - the estimate of all people working or seeking work - was 28,300 in August, a decrease from 28,500 in July and 29,300 in August 2011. The number of people employed in August was 26,400, an increase from 26,300 in July.
As a comparison, the civilian labor force in March 2008 was estimated at 29,800, with 27,900 employed.
All neighboring counties also had lower unemployment rates in August. Hancock County had the lowest rate at 5.6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in July, and Ottawa County had the highest at 7.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in July.
The seasonally adjusted rate in Ohio was 6.8 percent unemployment in August, down from 7.4 percent in July. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 8.5 percent in August 2011.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in August, a decrease from 8.6 percent in July.