Summit County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in February from 8.5 percent in January, according to figures released Tuesday 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. The statistics do not count unemployed people who have stopped looking for work or people who are working part time but want a full-time job.
There were 256,800 people working in Summit County last month and 22,900 people unemployed.
In February 2009, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, with 266,600 people working in Summit County and 27,100 unemployed.
Since 2000, the unadjusted unemployment rate for February in Summit County peaked at 11.3 percent in 2010, when the state reported there were 255,000 people working in the county and 32,500 were unemployed.
The lowest unemployment rate for the month since 2000 was in 2001, when the jobless rate was 4.6 percent; 264,700 people were working while there were 12,800 people counted as unemployed.
The state on Tuesday reported that there were 314,200 people working in Summit and Portage counties — the Akron metropolitan statistical area — in February, up 3,500 from January. A year ago, there were 313,100 people at work.
The service industry in February added 3,100 jobs from January for a total of 264,500, while the goods-producing industry, which includes manufacturing, added 400 jobs from January.
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.
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, down from 7.7 percent in January and 8.7 percent a year ago.
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