TIFFIN — Seneca County’s unemployment rate increased to 4 percent in December from 3.9 percent in November, according to new figures from Ohio Job and Family Services.
Unemployment rates declined in only 28 of Ohio’s 88 counties last month, according to JFS.
Currently, the labor force estimate for Seneca County is 27,000 workers with 1,100 unemployed.
The unemployment rate in Sandusky County decreased to 4.2 percent in December from 4.3 percent in November. Hancock County also saw a decrease in its unemployment, down to 3 percent in December from 3.1 percent in November.
In addition, Wood and Crawford counties experienced decreases in unemployment, with the December jobless rate coming in at 3.3 percent and 4.4 percent respectively, compared to 3.4 percent and 4.5 percent in November.
Ohio’s statewide unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in December 2019, unchanged from November.
Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 9,800 over the month, from a revised 5,600,800 in November to 5,610,600 in December 2019.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 243,000, down 4,000 from 247,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 24,000 in the past 12 months from 267,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 4.6 percent in December 2018.
The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 3.5 percent, unchanged from November and down from 3.9 percent in December 2018.