(6-20-18) Ohio’s May unemployment rate remained the same as April at 4.3%, just above the current US rate of 3.6%. Ohio’s non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased 22,600 over the month, from a revised 5,576,000 in April to 5,598,600 in May 2018.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 250,000, up 1,000 from 249,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 42,000 in the past 12 months from 292,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.1 percent in May 2017.
The U.S. unemployment rate for May was 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in April, and down from 4.3 percent in May 2017.
Mercer County once again led Ohio with the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.5%, up 0.2% from April. Auglaize County stands at 3.0%, Van Wert County at 3.2%, Shelby and Darke Counties both at 3.4%
The highest unemployment rates are in southeaster Ohio, Monroe County at 6.5% and Meigs County at 6.2%