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Washington County Unemployment Rate Lowest in Southeast Ohio
Posted on: 01/09/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Ohio’s unemployment rate of 6.5 percent remains well below the national average, but county by county, those rates varied wildly last month.
 
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the lowest unemployment rate in southeast Ohio, by a considerable margin, was here in Washington County, at 5.7 percent. Two bordering counties, Morgan and Monroe, have some of the highest jobless rates in the state at 9.7 and 9.5 percent, respectively. Noble County is well above average at 9.3 percent, and Meigs County is the second highest in Ohio at 10.4, behind only Pike County. Athens County’s rate of 6.7 was the only southeastern county besides Washington that was near the state average.
 
The lowest unemployment was in Holmes and Delaware counties. Suburban counties near Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus all had low rates of unemployment, as did Columbus and Franklin County.
 
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