Regional jobless rates increased last month as employment dropped in most counties and major cities, based on numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent from 4.3 percent in April and 4.3 percent in the same month a year ago, according to the jobs report. Meanwhile, countywide employment dropped by 1,000 to 239,300 over the same period.
Neighboring Greene County posted an May unemployment rate of 4 percent, up from 3.6 percent in the previous month and 43.8 percent a year ago. At the same time, employment dropped by 500 to 77,800.
The city of Dayton saw unemployment increase to 5.5 percent from 5 percent in April and 5.2 percent in April 2016 as employment dropped 200 to 55,200.
Most Ohio counties in Ohio saw an increase in unemployment last month, ranging from a low of 2.8 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.2 percent in Monroe County.
Ten counties had unemployment below 3.5 percent in May.
However, city and county unemployment figures are not adjusted for seasonal hiring patterns and, therefore, do not coincide with the adjusted jobless rate for the state and U.S., which both showed only a slight decline last month.
Ohio’s unemployment increased to 4.6 percent in May from 4.4 percent in April. Meanwhile, the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in a decade last month at 4.3 percent — the lowest level since May 2007 — but that was down just 0.1 percentage points from April.