The unemployment rate decreased in 87 of the 88 Ohio counties for the month of March, including all 10 counties in our area.

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According to the numbers collected by the Ohio Job and Family Services, Allen County had the highest unemployment rate for the month of March at 3.9%, which was down a half of a percent from February. Mercer County remains the lowest in the state at 2.4%, and Auglaize, Putnam, Hancock, and Van Wert counties join Mercer as five of the nine lowest unemployment rates in the state.

Paulding had the biggest drop at .8%. Hardin and Shelby counties fell .6%. Statewide the unemployment rate dropped from 4.7% in February to 4.1% in March.