APS employees Jami Zeltner, of Cygnet, HR director, left, and Debbie Straughan, of Toledo, HR manager, speak with Edwin Clayborne, of Toledo, at the Stautzenberger College job fair at the college in Maumee on Jan. 10.
The Blade/Jetta Fraser
State officials said today the estimated December unemployment rates for Toledo and Lucas County were each down more than half a percentage point from November.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Lucas County's December unemployment rate was 7.4 percent. The county was at 8 percent in November. The rate within the city of Toledo fell even more, dropping from 8.6 percent in November to 7.9 percent in December.
The city and county also both had lower unemployment rates in December, 2013, than they did in December, 2012. The rates for counties and cities are not seasonally adjusted, so officials warn against making too much out of month-to-month fluctuations, but say year-over-year comparisons can help show where the economy is trending.
In December, 2012, Lucas County was at 7.5 percent. Toledo was at 8.1 in December, 2012.
The state said Fulton County's unemployment rate was at 7.3 percent in December, up from 7.2 percent in November. In Ottawa County, where many jobs are connected to seasonal tourism, the December unemployment rate was 11.5 percent, up from 11.5 in November. Wood County's unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in December from 6.9 in November.