VAN WERT — Unemployment rates were mostly up slightly in counties all across Ohio last month. That news, from the Ohio department of Job and Family Services, was not a great surprise as the state jobless rate which was released last week shows a two-tenths of a percent jump to 5.7 percent.

The story in Van Wert County saw the county unemployment rate jump from 4.9 percent in June to 5.3 percent in July, bringing the rate back over five percent for the first time since March of this year when the rate was 5.5 percent. The Civilian Labor Force Estimates list Van Wert County with 13,300 person employed and 700 unemployed in July — the same as in June. The labor force in total is 14,100 persons, which is 100 more than in June — a fact attributed by the ODJFS as being due to rounding.

Rates were up in July in 73 of the state’s 88 counties. Similar trends were reported elsewhere around the area. In Allen County the jobless rate crept upward from 5.6 percent in June to 6.1 percent in July. Paulding County showed a small increase of one-tenth of a percent to 5.2 percent in July. Putnam County saw a jump from 4.4 percent in June to 5.0 percent last month. Auglaize County moved from 4.0 to 4.1 percent in July and Mercer County again reported 3.3 percent unemployment — still the lowest county rate in Ohio.



The highest jobless rate in the state was 12.2 percent in Monroe County. Following Monroe was Meigs (9.4), Pike (8.9), Huron and Morgan (8.8), Scioto (8.5), and Jefferson (8.0).

This report marks the second straight unemployment rate increase for Van Wert County. The May report listed Van Wert County at 4.5 percent June saw that rate jump to 4.9 percent, then the rise in July to 5.3 percent.