County-by-county unemployment figures for May put Stark in the middle of Ohio’s 88 counties with a 7.1 percent rate.
The April rate was 7.7 percent. May’s figure is a drop of 2 percentage points compared to the same period in 2011.
Carroll County’s May 2012 unemployment rate was 6.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent in April.
The May figure is a drop from 9.4 percent a year ago. Tuscarawas County also experienced a drop with a May 2012 unemployment percentage of 6.6 percent, down from 7.1 percent in April. In May 2011, the percentage was 8.7 percent.
Continuing to register lower unemployment rates were nearby agriculture-dominant counties Wayne with 6 percent, and Holmes at 4.7 percent.
Pike County logged the highest unemployment level with 12.6 percent while Mercer County was at the opposite end of the spectrum with just 4.2 percent unemployment. Rates decreased in 84 counties.
The estimates were prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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