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Hancock County unemployment rate falls in February

Hancock County’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent in February from 5.7 percent a month earlier, the state reported.

It was tied for fifth-lowest among Ohio’s 88 counties with Union County, south of Hardin and Marion counties.

The reduced jobless rate was a result of 100 more people having jobs, increasing the number of employed to 37,600, and the labor force shrinking by 100 to 39,700. The labor force can decline when those who are unemployed become discouraged and quit looking for work.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate a year earlier, in February 2013, was 6.5 percent.

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