Unemployment rates dropped throughout the six-county area in August.
Putnam County had the lowest rate at 5.7 percent in August, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Fulton County had the highest rate at 7.3 percent in August, compared to 8.2 percent in July.
Unemployment rates for August, with July's rates in parenthesis include: Defiance County, 6.7 percent (7.5 percent); Henry County, 6.6 percent (7.5 percent); Paulding County, 6.5 percent (6.7 percent); Williams County, 7.0 percent (7.9 percent); Fulton County, 7.3 percent (8.2 percent); and Putnam County, 5.7 percent (6.1 percent).
Jerry Hayes, executive director of the Defiance County Economic Development Office, said that it was nice to see a drop in those figures.
"I think that some companies have been adding increments of small numbers of hires throughout the summer and that is now showing up," he said. "I know the jobs office next to us has been busy fielding requests for applicants."
Hayes still cautioned that his office staff doesn't look at one month's figures as being overly significant in and of themselves.
"We look at a six-month trend," he said. "We were up in July and August smooths things up."
Looking ahead, September's figures may show an increase because of layoffs at General Motors Defiance Casting Operations.
"Our enthusiasm is tempered by that fact," Hayes said. "Yes, they laid people off, but I was told that the local plant is hoping for new work in the future."
Ohio's not seasonally adjusted rate was 6.9 percent in August, compared to 7.3 percent for the nation as a whole. Both rates are down from July's not seasonally adjusted rates of 7.2 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively.