Seneca unemployment rate jumps

Seneca County’s jobless rate increased in June over May and is higher than estimates from last year.

According to information from Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the unemployment rate was 5 percent in June, up 0.9 percent from May. It was 4.7 percent in June 2016.

According to statistics, there were about 26,100 people employed in June, 400 less than in May.

The civilian labor force, the estimate of all people working or looking for work, was 27,500 in June, down by 200 from the previous month.

Unemployment estimates in surrounding counties noted increases across the board.

Crawford County had the highest unemployment rate in June, at 6.3 percent, up from 5 percent in May. Hancock and Wyandot counties tied for the lowest unemployment rates in the area at 3.9 percent, both up from 3.2 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Ohio was 5 percent in June, up from 4.9 percent in May and last June.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June, up from 4.3 percent last month and down from 4.9 percent in June 2016.