There’s little question that the local unemployment rate remained historically low in Mansfield and Richland County in 2017. According to numbers recently released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the County’s rate saw a slight uptick as the year ended but still ended up with a rate below the December 2016 figure.

Overall, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December 2017, down from 4.8 percent in November 2017. Ohio’s nonagricultural wage and salary employment increased 2,500 over the month, from a revised 5,539,700 in November to 5,542,200 in December 2017.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in December was 270,000, down 9,000 from 279,000 in November. The number of unemployed has decreased by 14,000 in the past 12 months from 284,000. The December unemployment rate for Ohio decreased from 5.0 percent in December 2016.

The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 4.1 percent, unchanged from November, and down from 4.7 percent in December 2016.

Richland County was estimated to have a labor force of 52,900 people at the end of 2017, of which 50,100 were employed. The County’s December 2017 rate of 5.3 percent was up from November’s 4.9 percent, but below December 2016’s 5.5 percent. For the City of Mansfield itself, the unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent last month, up from November’s 5.5 percent but below the 6.0 percent registered in December of the previous year.

The County ended 2017 with the 31st highest unemployment rate among the state’s 88 counties. Crawford County’s rate was the same, with Ashland and Morrow Counties’ rates slightly lower and Huron’s stood at at 6.5 percent (see map).

Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

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