(6-23-20) Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary May 2020 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 5.1 percent in Holmes County to a high of 19.9 percent in Erie County. From April, unemployment rates decreased in all 88 counties. The comparable unemployment rate for Ohio was 13.4% percent in May.

2020 May Unemployment
Ten counties had unemployment rates below 10.0 percent in May. The counties with the lowest rates, other than Holmes were: Delaware, 8.4 percent; Union, 8.8 percent; Athens and Mercer, 9.0 percent; Wayne, 9.2 percent; Knox, 9.3 percent; Madison, 9.5 percent; Ashland, 9.6 percent; and Greene, 9.9 percent.

2020 May Unemployment chart
Six counties had unemployment rates above 16.0 percent in May. The counties with the highest rates, other than Erie were: Lorain, 18.8 percent; Lucas, 18.7 percent; Crawford, 18.4 percent; Cuyahoga, 17.9 percent; and Trumbull, 16.3 percent.

April Totals for Stateline area counties.

  • Mercer County rate of unemployment from 3.5% to 10.5%.
  • Auglaize County rate of unemployment from 4% to 19.5%.
  • Van Wert County from 4.4% to 16.2%.
  • Allen County from 5.7% to 20.6%.
  • Shelby County from 4.6% to 21.7%
  • Darke County from 5.1% to 17.6%