Toledo, Lucas Co. unemployment rates drop in March


In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, photo, a sign attracts job-seekers during a job fair at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie, N.Y. According to government reports released Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, the U.S. economy added 171,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)


Lucas County's unemployment rate fell from February to March, but remains higher than it was a year ago, according to data released today by the state.

The county's 8.5 percent unemployment rate in March was half a percentage point lower than the 9 percent recorded for February. In March, 2012, the rate was 8.4 percent, the state said. 

The rate in the city of Toledo fell by the same amount from February to March, going from 9.6 percent to 9.1 percent. In March, 2012, Toledo's unemployment rate was 9 percent.

Because the local data is not seasonally adjusted, economists say the more apt comparison is year to year. 

State officials said last week the seasonally adjusted, statewide unemployment rate was unchanged for March at 7.1 percent.