The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Tuesday said Monroe County's jobless rate jumped half a percentage point to 12.2 percent in July. It remains the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Meigs and Pike Counties followed with 9.4 and 8.9 percent unemployment, respectively. Mercer County in western Ohio had the lowest rate, at 3.3 percent.
In our listening area, Noble County saw an increase to 7.3 percent, with Guernsey County up to 6.4 percent and Belmont County at 6.0 percent. Washington County moved a half-percentage point, to 5.4 percent. Tuscarawas County saw a slight jump, to 5.0 percent, but has the lowest unemployment rate in our area.
ODJFS reported that state unemployment rate was 5.7 percent last month, up two-tenths of a percent from June.