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Local unemployment rates plummet

Melissa Topey • May 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Unemployment in area counties saw a dramatic plunge in April, according to data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Huron County still had the highest unemployment rate in the region, at 7.9 percent in April, with about 2,000 people unemployed. This is still a 3 percent drop from the same month last year, and also down from March 2014.

Ottawa County’s unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month, with 1,500 people officially out of work. That’s well below the month prior and also down significantly from April 2013.

In Erie County, 2,100 people were unemployed last month, with the rate at 5.4 percent. This, too, was down from March and from April 2013.

Sandusky County had 1,600 people unemployed in April. Sandusky and Erie counties were both below the state unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.

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