The jobless rate for Portage County dipped from 4.9 to 4.6 percent in October, according to state statistics released Tuesday.
October’s decrease followed September’s uptick to 4.9 percent after two months of incremental drops.
Portage’s highest jobless rate this year was 5.6 percent in March. In October 2015, the county’s jobless rate was 4.3 percent.
The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services said October rates decreased in 75 counties from September. Rates were unchanged in seven counties and increased in six counties.
Rates ranged from a low of 3.0 percent in Mercer County to a high of 9.1 percent in Monroe County. Six counties had rates below 3.5 percent in October and six had rates at or above 7 percent.
Ohio’s seasonally adjusted rate was 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent in September. The U.S. rate was 4.9 percent, down from 5.0 percent in September.
There were 4,000 people in Portage without a job and looking for work in October out of a labor force of 87,500. That was down from 4,300 in September, according to ODJFS. The county workforce was unchanged from September.
ODJFS said Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,800 over the month, from a revised 5,499,400 in September to 5,496,600 in October.
The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 280,000, up 5,000 from 275,000 in September. The state said the number of unemployed has increased by 15,000 in the past 12 months from 265,000.
Portage ranked 48th out of the state’s 88 counties, with 40 counties having the same or lower jobless rates.
October rates (not seasonally adjusted) for counties adjacent to Portage (with September rates) are: Cuyahoga 5.2 (5.1); Geauga 4.1 (4.1); Mahoning, 5.8 (6.1); Stark 5.0 (5.3); Summit 4.7 (4.9); and Trumbull 6.0 (6.3).