The unemployment rate in Brown County and the surrounding area dropped significantly during May.
In Brown County, the May jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent from 5.6 percent in April, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
That is a fifteen year low since a 4.7 rate in May of 2001.
Adams County saw a drop in May to 6.6 percent from 7.2 the previous month, Clinton and Highland counties both saw a .5 percent drop to 5.2 and 5.6 percent in May respectively and Clermont County saw a slight decline to 4.0 percent in May from 4.2 percent in April.
The May unemployment rate dropped on a regional level as well. In the Cincinnati Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Warren, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Brown counties, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 percent in May, down from 4.2 percent in April.
Statewide, the Ohio unemployment rate fell in May to 4.6 percent from 4.8 percent in April.
The unemployment picture in southwest Ohio compared with the rest of the state has been improving as a whole over the past few months.
For a number of months, Adams County has ranked in the top ten counties in the state for the highest unemployment rate. In May, it ranked number 11.
Brown County had the 33rd highest unemployment rate in the state, down from a ranking mostly in the low 20’s over the past year or so.
The highest unemployment rate in the state was in Monroe County at 10.8 percent. The lowest was in Mercer County at 2.9 percent.
The unemployment rate dropped in May in 76 of Ohio’s 88 counties, increased in six and stayed the same in six more.