County jobless rate rises

Hancock County’s unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent in January from 5.2 percent a month earlier as holiday season jobs ended, the state reported.

Unemployment rates grew that month in all 88 counties in Ohio, and they typically do because of the end of the holiday season, said Ben Johnson, spokesman for the state Job and Family Services Department.

January jobless rates among neighboring counties, with December rates in parentheses, were: Allen County, 7.6 percent (6.9 percent); Hardin, 7.1 (6.5); Henry, 8.1 (7.2); Putnam, 6.5 (5.7); Seneca, 7.2 (6.5); Wood, 6.8 (6.3); and Wyandot, 6.8 (5.9).

The statewide unemployment rate, which is seasonally adjusted, declined to 6.9 percent in January from 7.1 percent a month earlier.

February unemployment rates for Ohio counties will be released later this month.

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