Hancock County’s unemployment rate rose to 2.7 percent in May from 2.4 percent in April, the state reported.
But rates increased in 63 of Ohio’s 88 counties last month. Hancock County was tied with Van Wert and Madison counties for ninth lowest jobless rate in the state in May, the State Job and Family Services Department reported.
Putnam County, with a 2.4 percent unemployment rate in May, was tied with Holmes County for second lowest.
Unemployment rates in neighboring counties in May, with April rates in parentheses, were: Allen, 3.2 percent (3 percent); Hardin, 3.4 (3); Henry, 3.5 (3.9); Putnam, 2.4 (2.5); Seneca, 3.7 (3.1); Wood, 3.4 (2.9); Wyandot, 3.4 (2.2).
The statewide jobless rate declined to 4.1 percent in May from 4.2 percent in April.