(6-24-22) Ohio’s unemployment rate was 3.9% in May 2022, down from 4.0% in April 2022. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 4,800 over the month, from a revised 5,474,700 in April to 5,479,500 in May 2022.

Mercer County is tied with Homes County for the lowest rate in Ohio at 2.1%. Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate at 6.0%.

Stateline area counties –

  • Mercer County 2.1%
  • Auglaize County 2.4%
  • Van Wert County 2.6%
  • Darke County 2.7%
  • Shelby County 2.8%
  • Allen County 3.4%

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in May was 226,000, down from 233,000 in April. The number of unemployed has decreased by 86,000 in the past 12 months from 312,000. The May unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.4% in May 2021. The U.S. unemployment rate for May 2022 was 3.6%, unchanged from April 2022 and down from 5.8% in May 2021.

In May 2022, the labor force participation rate in Ohio was 62.0%, up from 61.8% in April 2022 and up from 61.7% in May 2021. During the same period, the national labor force participation rate was 62.3%, up from 62.2% in April 2022 and up from 61.6% in May 2021