Jobless rate drops for Labette Co

Woodford County's 3.2% unemployment rate was the lowest annual rate in the state in 2016

Woodford County's 3.2% unemployment rate was the lowest annual rate in the state in 2016. Credit

The unemployment rate in February was 4.0 percent, and the rate in March 2016 was 4.1 percent.

Cory Kelly with Iowa Workforce Development says the March unemployment rate fell to three-point-one percent compared to three-point-two percent in February. The rate also was 0.4 percent lower than estimates from March of previous year.

Other counties with unemployment rates under 4 percent in March were Union with 3.6 percent; Auglaize, Putnam and Wyandot, each with 3.7 percent; Madison with 3.8 percent; and Van Wert, Franklin and Warren, each with 3.9 percent.

The number of workers unemployed in OH in March was 294,000, unchanged from February.

The number of county residents receiving unemployment benefits declined from 3,400 to 3,087, with the average benefit being $364 per week. The statewide unemployment rate for OH was 5.3 percent, meaning all area counties were below the statewide average in March.

The county had the eighth-lowest unemployment rate in the state.

On an annual basis, the official unemployment rate was last below 4 percent in 2001, when it was 3.6 percent, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

Wilson County had a workforce of 4,134, with 3,929 employed and 205 unemployed for a 5 percent unemployment rate, down from 6.2 percent in February and 6.4 percent in March 2016.

All of the five Kansas counties surrounding Labette also had seasonally unadjusted unemployment reductions in March. That included a decrease of 800 private sector jobs and an increase of 100 government jobs. The number of unemployed has increased by 9,000 in the past 12 months from 285,000. Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 4,100 over the month, from a revised 5,522,800 in February to 5,518,700 in March 2017. For March 2017, it stood at 4.9 percent.

Yakima County's rate, however, is higher than the state rate of 4.9 percent.

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