If you looked just at the unemployment rate, you might not realize there were hundreds more people counted as working last month in Summit County than a year ago.

The county unemployment rate in February was 5.9 percent, down from 6.2 percent in January, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

February’s rate was up from 5.5 percent a year ago, when the state counted 255,700 people as working in Summit County. There were 500 more people working last month — 256,200 — despite the higher jobless rate compared to a year ago.

Without getting too technical, the numbers reflect a larger civilian labor force in Summit County compared to a year ago.

The state figures show that the county still has not recovered jobs lost since the Great Recession and that there are fewer people working now in Summit County than there were 17 years ago.

Since 2000, the number of people counted as working in the month of February in the county peaked at 278,600 in 2008. The low for February was 247,600 in 2010. There were 265,000 people employed in Summit County in February 2000 — that’s 8,800 more than last month.

Akron’s unemployment rate was 6.7 percent last month, down from 7 percent in January and up from 6.4 percent a year ago.

The unemployment rate in Cuyahoga Falls was 5.4 percent last month, down from 5.8 percent in January and up from 5.1 percent in February 2016.

Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.

Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio for February, January and February 2016:

•?Cuyahoga County, 7.6, 6.6, 5.9

•?Cleveland: 9.6, 8.5, 7.5

•?Medina County: 6.5, 5.7, 4.9

•?Portage County: 6.2, 6.5, 5.6

•?Stark County: 6.3, 6.6, 6.1

•?Canton: 7.3, 7.6, 7.1

•?Wayne County: 4.6, 4.9, 4.2

The unemployment rate fell in 76 counties, rose in 11 counties and was unchanged in one. Rates ranged from a low of 3.7 percent in Mercer County, which borders Indiana, to a high of 11.8 percent in Monroe County in Southeast Ohio.

Ohio had a seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in February; the seasonally adjusted rate was 5.1 percent.

The seasonally unadjusted national unemployment rate was 4.9 percent; the seasonally adjusted rate was 4.7 percent.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ  on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JimMackinnonABJ.