CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- While Appalachian Ohio remains the region hardest-hit by unemployment, the latest report from the state shows joblessness continues to decline in much of our listening area.
Ohio's Office of Labor Market Information said on Monday that Monroe County - still reeling from the closure of Ormet's aluminum smelter in Hannibal - had the state's highest unemployment rate in May, at 10.8 percent. Pike County came in a distant second at 8.4 percent. Meigs County was third at 7.9 percent.
Morgan County came in at 7.7 percent unemployment, with Jefferson County at 7.5 percent and Muskingum and Coshocton counties at 6.6 percent. Noble County's jobless rate in May was 6.0 percent, with Belmont County at 5.8 percent and Guernsey County at 5.7 percent.
Tuscarawas County had the lowest unemployment rate in the region, at 4.5 percent. Mercer County in western Ohio had the state's lowest unemployment, at 3.0 percent.
Ohio's statewide unemployment rate dropped in May to its lowest in seven years, at 5.5 percent. Ohio's rate remains below the national rate, which was 6.3 percent in May, unchanged from April.
For a closer look at county-by-county unemployment throughout the state, visit the Ohio LMI website.