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The unemployment rate was three-point-eight percent one year ago in March.

Statewide, the number of people working went up by more than 9,500 in March, to a high of more than 2.2 million people.

Jefferson County once again had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, while Calhoun County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.7 percent.

Morgan County improved over last year's 5.1 percent unemployment rate to an estimated joblessness rate of 3.8 percent.

To put things in perspective, at the height of the recession, Linn County's unemployment rate crept up to almost 15 percent.

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in March 2017, unchanged from February 2017. That also was slightly higher than the US national 2017 March unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This placed Gallia 20th out of 88 counties, in terms of unemployment. Employment declines included 1,000 in trade, transportation and utilities, 300 in financial activities, 300 in professional and business services, 200 other services, and 1,100 in government. "March estimates do not show significant changes in employment or unemployment compared to a year ago".

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In LaPorte the rate fell by full a point and a half, to 4.8 percent from 6.3 percent in February (7.7 percent in March 2016).

Education and health services added 700 jobs and so far have gained jobs for four-consecutive months. Meanwhile, the number of employed dropped from 99,000 to 97,800.

Still, the employment situation this year remains hard.

Seasonally adjusted job estimates indicate total Kansas non-farm jobs increased by 1,400 from February. Joblessness fell in both counties by 0.1 percent when compared to March 2016.

"This month's labor report shows good news for Kansas with improvement in many key indicators, including a drop in the unemployment rate to under 4 percent", Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon said in the statement. Greenville had the third-lowest rate in March at 3.5 percent.


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