ST. MARYS — The unemployment rate across the region edged up slightly in May.
According to data released on Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Auglaize County registered an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, up from the 4.9 percent it registered in April. A year ago, the county had an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. Mercer County, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, also saw an increase in May from 4.1 percent to 4.3 percent.
The rest of the region saw similar results. Allen County registered a rate of 7.7 percent (up from 7.4 percent), Darke County was at 6.1 percent (down from 6.2 percent), Hardin County was at 7.3 percent (up from 6.9 percent), Logan County was at 6.4 percent (up from 6.3 percent), Shelby County was at 6 percent (up from 5.8 percent) and Van Wert County was at 6.7 percent (up from 6.5 percent).
Statewide, the unemployment rate for May was 7 percent.