Figures just released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show the unemployment rate in northwest Ohio dropping from March to April.
The figures released this week show northwest Ohio’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were all below 6 percent last month, with just two counties, Fulton and Henry, coming in above the state’s not seasonally adjusted rate of 5.3 percent. All six counties in our region were below the national not seasonally adjusted rate of 5.9 percent for April.
In Williams County, unemployment stands at 5.1 percent, down from 5.7 percent in March.
Defiance County’s rate went from 5.9 percent in March to 4.9 percent in April.
Henry County’s rate dropped 1.4 percent from March to 5.8 percent in April.
In Paulding County, the rate dropped to 4.6 percent in April, compared with 5.9 percent in March.
All these numbers however, are perhaps not what they appear. Some experts attribute the drop in unemployment, both here and in many areas across the country, to the fact that people are pulling up stakes and looking for jobs elsewhere, while others have simply dropped out of the job market after giving up on trying to find a job.