Central Ohio's jobless rate falls to 6 percent

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September 24, 2013

Central Ohio has kept its status as the metropolitan area in Ohio with the lowest unemployment rate. 

The Columbus area posted an unemployment rate of 6 percent in August, according to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services figures released this morning. That’s down from 6.3 percent in July.

Akron and Cincinnati had the next lowest rates at 6.7 percent.

Two central Ohio counties were among six in the state with an unemployment rate at or below 5.5 percent in August.

Delaware County had a rate of 5.1 percent, down from 5.2 percent in July, while Union County had a rate of 5.5 percent in August compared with 5.8 percent in July.

The jobless rates for Columbus and Franklin County last month was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in July.

Madison County was one of two counties in the state whose rates didn't fall. Its rate held steady at 6.4 percent.

Fairfield County's jobless rate came in at 5.9 percent, down from 6.3 percent in July.

Morrow County had an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent in August compared with 7 percent in July while Licking County’s unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in August was down from 6.9 percent in July.

Pickaway County had the highest unemployment rate in the region at 7.1 percent, down from 7.4 percent in July.

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