Summit County’s jobless rate fell to 7.3 percent in December from 7.4 percent in November, according to state figures released Tuesday.


The county jobless rate a year ago was 9 percent. Summit County’s December unemployment rate was the lowest for the month since 2007, when the county jobless rate was 5.5 percent.


Akron had an unemployment rate of 8 percent last month, down from 8.1 percent in November. The city’s rate was 9.5 percent in December 2010.


Cuyahoga Falls had a jobless rate of 7 percent in December, down from 7.1 percent in November. The city had an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent a year ago.


Ohio’s comparable unemployment rate in December was 7.6 percent.


The state, county and city rates released Tuesday were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors. Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was 8.1 percent.


The state said unemployment rates increased in 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Jobless rates ranged from a low of 4.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 14.3 percent in Pike County.


Economists have said that the lower unemployment figures are not because of job growth but largely because unemployed people stopped looking for work, meaning they are no longer counted as unemployed.


Even so, there were more people working in the two-county Akron metropolitan statistical area in December than in the same month of 2010, state figures show.


The state reported that nonfarm payroll employment in the Akron metropolitan area — defined as Summit and Portage counties — fell 3,700 from November to 326,500 in December.


Jobs in goods-producing industries fell by 2,000 to 53,300. The losses were in mining, logging, construction and manufacturing.


Akron metropolitan area service industry jobs fell by 1,700. There were losses in professional and business services and leisure and hospitality industries. The state reported there were job gains in trade, transportation, and utilities.


Jobs in the two counties totaled 326,600 in December, up 4,300 from 322,200 in December 2010, according to the state.


Elsewhere in Northeast Ohio:


• Cuyahoga County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in December from 7.3 percent in November. The rate in December 2010 was 8.6 percent. Cleveland had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent, down from 9.1 percent in November and 10.4 percent a year ago.


• The Medina County jobless rate rose to 5.9 percent last month from 5.8 percent in November. The rate a year ago was 7.7 percent.


• Portage County had an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent, up from 6.8 percent in November and 9.3 percent in December 2010.


• Stark County’s jobless rate was 8.1 percent in December, unchanged from November. The rate a year ago was 10.2 percent. Canton’s unemployment rate fell to 9.2 percent last month from 9.5 percent in November and 11.1 percent a year ago.


• Wayne County had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in December, down from 6.7 percent in November and 8.4 percent a year ago.


Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com