Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Ohio

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Ohio

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Ohio using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Hocking County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 13,103 (544 unemployed)
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#49. Stark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 184,613 (7,703 unemployed)
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#48. Allen County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 47,515 (2,049 unemployed)
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#47. Henry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 13,158 (569 unemployed)
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#46. Morrow County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 17,258 (740 unemployed)
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#45. Muskingum County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 40,895 (1,746 unemployed)
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#44. Ottawa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 22,268 (957 unemployed)
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#43. Ashtabula County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 44,045 (1,950 unemployed)
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#42. Carroll County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 12,820 (566 unemployed)
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#41. Fulton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.6%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 22,458 (979 unemployed)
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#40. Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 127,944 (5,690 unemployed)
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#39. Seneca County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 27,123 (1,181 unemployed)
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#38. Summit County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 266,777 (11,787 unemployed)
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#37. Montgomery County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.5%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 250,455 (11,361 unemployed)
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#36. Clark County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 63,121 (2,925 unemployed)
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#35. Clinton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 18,014 (823 unemployed)
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#34. Perry County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 16,162 (741 unemployed)
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#33. Lucas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -2.4%
-Total Labor Force: 211,023 (9,825 unemployed)
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#32. Sandusky County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 31,172 (1,474 unemployed)
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#31. Brown County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 19,445 (935 unemployed)
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#30. Erie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.4%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 39,473 (1,909 unemployed)
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#29. Guernsey County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 18,093 (865 unemployed)
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#28. Harrison County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -2.0%
-Total Labor Force: 6,646 (317 unemployed)
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#27. Richland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 52,028 (2,504 unemployed)
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#26. Washington County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 27,282 (1,297 unemployed)
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#25. Columbiana County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.9%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.5%
-Total Labor Force: 46,550 (2,303 unemployed)
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#24. Belmont County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 28,053 (1,410 unemployed)
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#23. Hardin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 12,840 (640 unemployed)
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#22. Highland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 17,445 (864 unemployed)
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#21. Morgan County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,850 (341 unemployed)
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#20. Gallia County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: +0.3%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 11,920 (609 unemployed)
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#19. Lawrence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 23,316 (1,193 unemployed)
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#18. Mahoning County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 99,962 (5,133 unemployed)
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#17. Vinton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 5,543 (282 unemployed)
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#16. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 12,500 (651 unemployed)
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#15. Coshocton County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 13,846 (737 unemployed)
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#14. Pike County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 11,260 (592 unemployed)
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#13. Trumbull County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 84,412 (4,446 unemployed)
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#12. Adams County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 11,104 (603 unemployed)
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#11. Scioto County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.4%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 29,329 (1,586 unemployed)
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#10. Cuyahoga County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.8%
--- 1 year change: -1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 618,522 (33,785 unemployed)
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#9. Huron County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: +1.1%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 28,482 (1,560 unemployed)
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#8. Lorain County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 158,482 (8,726 unemployed)
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#7. Crawford County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.7%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 18,131 (1,030 unemployed)
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#6. Athens County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 24,248 (1,404 unemployed)
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#5. Noble County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.8%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 4,628 (267 unemployed)
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#4. Jefferson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.1%
-Total Labor Force: 27,380 (1,645 unemployed)
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#3. Meigs County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 8,695 (526 unemployed)
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#2. Monroe County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 5,201 (329 unemployed)
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#1. Marion County

- Current Unemployment rate: 6.4%
--- 1 month change: +2.2%
--- 1 year change: +1.4%
-Total Labor Force: 28,860 (1,857 unemployed)

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