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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

County still number 1

Unemployment rate

By Christine Henderson
Mercer County for the sixth consecutive month has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
The continually declining unemployment rate is due to existing businesses expanding, often adding a few employees at a time, Mercer County Community Development Director Jared Ebbing said.
Several medium-size businesses in villages are expanding.
"The small-to-medium size business are our bread and butter, and it adds up when many add employees," he said.
"Hitting a single over and over scores as many runs as hitting it over the fence a few times," was Ebbing's analogy.
The Mercer County rate was 4.5 percent in April, down 0.4 percent from March, according to figures released today by the the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Auglaize County was seventh lowest for its unemployment rate of 5.9 percent in April, down 0.5 percent from 6.4 in March.
Darke County dropped from 8 percent in March to 7.1 percent in April, and Van Wert County reduced unemployment to 7.3 percent in April from 7.9 in March.
Ohio's average rate in April was 7.4 percent; the national rate was 8.1 percent.
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