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Central Ohio jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent

By MARK WILLIAMS • Mar 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM

COLUMBUS (TNS) — Central Ohio's jobless rate dipped to 4.5 percent in February, according to state employment data released this morning that shows unemployment rates fell in most of Ohio counties and metro areas last month.

The jobless rate for the Columbus area was 4.8 percent in January.

February's rate for central Ohio was the lowest among the state's metro areas.

Four counties in central Ohio were among 10 in Ohio with unemployment rates of 4.5 percent or less.

Delaware County's rate of 3.8 percent in February was the second lowest in the state. Union County had a 4.2 percent unemployment and Franklin and Madison counties had jobless rate of 4.4 percent.

Jobless rates decreased in 76 of Ohio's 88 counties, increased in 11 counties and remained the same in one. Only Cleveland and Youngstown posted a higher unemployment rate among the metro areas than they had in January.

Columbus had an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent.

Licking County had a jobless rate of 4.8 percent in February followed by a 4.9 percent rate in Fairfield County, 5.6 percent in Pickaway County and 5.9 percent in Morrow County.

Hocking County, at 7 percent, and Perry County, at 7.6 percent, had the highest rates in the region.

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