(5-25-22) Mercer County had the state’s 2nd lowest jobless rate in April, according to figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday.

Putnam and Auglaize counties tied for the third lowest jobless rate at 2.3 percent, while Van Wert County and Paulding County’s April unemployment rate was at 2.8 percent.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in April was 233,000, down from 237,000 in March. The number of unemployed has decreased by 88,000 in the past 12 months from 321,000.

Overall, the state’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in April, while the U.S. rate was 3.6 percent.

Holmes County, in northeast Ohio, had the state’s lowest unemployment rate last month, 1.9 percent. Morgan County had Ohio’s highest jobless rate, 6.0 percent, just ahead of Cuyahoga County, 5.9 percent.

According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, jobless rates decreased in each of the state’s 88 counties.