Summit County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in February from 8.5 percent in January, according to figures released today by the state.
The county’s jobless rate a year ago was 9.5 percent. Jobless rates also fell in the county’s two largest cities.
Akron’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in February, down from 9.3 percent in January and 10 percent a year ago.
The jobless rate in Cuyahoga Falls dropped to 7.6 percent last month, down from 8.1 percent in January and 9.1 percent in February 2011.
Unemployment rates dropped in 65 of Ohio’s 88 counties, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The low was 5.5 percent in Mercer County, with the high 15.7 percent in Pike County.
Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.
Also in Northeast Ohio:
• The Cuyahoga County jobless rate rose to 8 percent in February from 7.9 percent in January. The rate a year ago was 8.6 percent. Cleveland’s unemployment rate in February was 10.3 percent, up from 10.2 percent in January and down from 10.8 percent in February 2011.
• The Medina County unemployment rate rose to 7.3 percent last month from 7.2 percent in January. The rate a year ago was 7.9 percent.
• Portage County’s jobless rate fell to 8.3 percent last month from 8.4 percent in January and was down from 9.7 percent a year ago.
• Stark County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in February from 8.9 percent in January and was 10.5 percent in February 2011. Canton’s unemployment rate dropped to 10 percent last month from 10.3 percent in January. The city’s rate a year ago was 11.9 percent.
• Wayne County had a 7.6 percent jobless rate in February, down from 7.7 percent in January and 8.7 percent a year ago.
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