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Dayton metro jobless rate drops in March

The Dayton metro jobless rate fell to 4.6 percent in March, keeping it behind Cincinnati and Columbus for having the lowest unemployment rate among the state’s large metro areas, according to Ohio Department of Labor data released today.

The unemployment rate fell in 85 of the state’s 88 counties last month. In Montgomery County, the area’s largest populated county, the unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in March and remained below the 5.1 percent rate in March 2016, according to state data.

The city of Dayton saw unemployment reach 5.7 percent in March, down from 6.4 percent in February and down from the 6.1 rate in March 2016.

Neighboring Greene County posted a March unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, down from 4.8 percent in February and 4.4 percent in March 2016.

By comparison, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in March, down from 5.9 percent in February. The rate remained the same as a year ago.

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