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Unemployment rates fall in all 88 Ohio counties

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Siccorah Whitlow, left, human resources manager at Lowe's, speaks with Beverly Barnhill, right, from Toledo, during a job fair in Maumee in this file photo.

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COLUMBUS — Unemployment rates fell in all 88 Ohio counties in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In Lucas County, the unemployment rate fell from 9.1 percent in February to 8.6 percent in March. In Toledo, it fell from 9.7 percent to 9.2 percent. The comparable rates last March were 9.9 percent in Lucas County and 10.6 percent in Toledo.

Wood County’s rate fell from 8.0 percent in February to 7.5 percent in March. Fulton County 9.6 percent unemployment rate was down from 10.0 percent in February.

Ottawa County again had the highest rate in northwest Ohio at 13.1 percent, but that was down from 14.2 percent in February and 15.9 percent in March, 2011.

Statewide, the county unemployment rates — which are not seasonally adjusted — ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 14.7 percent in Pike County.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Ohio was 7.5 percent in March, down from 7.6 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March, down one tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

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