(9-22-22) Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary August 2022 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.8% in Mercer County and Holmes County to a high of 6.5% in Monroe County. From July, unemployment rates increased in 38 counties, decreased in 23 counties, and remained unchanged in 27 counties. The comparable August unemployment rate for Ohio was 4.3%.

Three counties had unemployment rates below 3.0% in August. The county with the lowest rate, other than Mercer and Holmes was Putnam County at 2.9%.

Four counties had unemployment rates at or above 6.0% in August. The counties with the highest rates, other than Monroe were: Marion, 6.4%; Jefferson, 6.2%; and Meigs, 6.0%.