Unemployment rate falls in March in county and region

The unemployment rate in Brown County is the nearing the lowest in 43 years.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 5.9 percent of adults in Brown County were unemployed in March.  That percentage ties the 5.9 percent rate in March of 2000.
The last time the unemployment rate in Brown County in March was below 5.9 percent was in 1974, when the rate was 5.8 percent.
The jobless rate in the county fell from 6.7 percent in February, a decrease of .8 percent.
Neighboring counties also saw a decrease in the unemployment rate from February to March.  Adams County saw the biggest drop, falling from 9.5 percent to 8.2.
Highland County saw a decrease of a full percentage point from 7.0 to 6.0 percent.  Clinton County saw a decrease from 6.4 percent in February to 5.5 percent and Clermont County saw a drop from 4.9 percent to 4.2 percent.
Unemployment also dropped at the regional and state level.  The Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Clermont and Brown counties, saw the unemployment rate fall to 4.2 in March from 4.8 percent in February.
Statewide, Ohio saw a decrease to 5.3 percent from 5.9 percent.
Much of the decrease in the jobless rate can be attributed to construction workers and others who depend on warmer weather going back to work.
According to the ODJFS, the unemployment rate fell in 85 of Ohio’s 88 counties in March and rose in three others.
Monroe County had the highest unemployment rate in Ohio at 9.6 percent, followed by Jackson County and Trumbull counties 9.2 percent and Meigs and Mahoning counties at 8.7 percent.
Adams County had the eighth highest unemployment rate in the state at 8.2 percent.
Brown County came in with the 33rd lowest jobless rate in Ohio at 5.9 percent.  In past years, Brown County has had a jobless rate that was in the low 20’s compared to other counties in the state, so the local outlook is improving compared to others.
The lowest unemployment rate in the state was in Mercer County at 3.0 percent.