The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services report shows Lucas County's estimated unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in December and 5.9 percent in January, 2016, while the rate within Toledo was 5.3 percent in December and 6.4 percent in January, 2016. "But once you start getting below 5 percent there aren't a whole lot of mass layoffs and people having trouble, or taking a long time to find a new job". The job growth for the month in Educational and Health Services all came from industries in healthcare and social assistance, according to the EDD's data. He says construction has been strong in Lane County over the previous year. The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area was 3.7 percent.
Unemployment numbers in surrounding counties increased.
The state paid unemployment insurance benefits to 78,102 people in January.
Ohio's nonagricultural wage and salary employment decreased 2,100 over the month, from a revised 5,503,700 in December to 5,501,600 in January. Of the adjoining OH counties, the county's unemployment rate was lower than Carroll (8 percent) and Jefferson (9.3 percent) but higher than Mahoning (7.5 percent) and Stark (6.5 percent).
The end of the Christmas season and annual lull in construction raised the unemployment rate in Hancock County and Ohio's other 87 counties in January.
Despite the increase, the January rate is the lowest since 4.3 percent in 2001.
The 1.3-percent increase was about 0.4-percent higher than the increase from December 2015 to January 2016. Mercer County, while still having the lowest jobless rate in the state, saw unemployment increase from 3.1 percent in December 2016 to 3.9 percent in January.