Unemployment rates in Toledo and the surrounding area declined in April, according to data released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In Toledo, the unemployment rate fell from 9.1 percent in March to 8.4 percent in April.
In Lucas County, the rate dropped from 8.5 percent to 7.8 percent.
Wood County's rate dropped from 7.2 percent to 6.6 percent. In Fulton County, the rate fell from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent.
Ottawa County, which has a large number of employers that increased employment during the spring and summer months, saw the most improvement in the area. Its rate dropped from 11.9 percent to 9.1 percent.
The numbers are not seasonally adjusted. Only those people who are actively looking for work are counted as unemployed, so people who have retired or who have given up looking for a job are not included.
As summer approaches, some industries produce more openings, including construction, landscaping, and tourism.
The unemployment rates in Toledo, Lucas County, and Fulton County in April were close to what they were in April, 2012.
Wood County's rate was half a percentage point lower, and Ottawa County's was down about three-quarters of a percentage point.