PUTNAM COUNTY - The employment situation in Putnam County remained unchanged from October to November. The latest unemployment report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services shows the jobless rate in the county has held steady since October at 5.9 percent.

The size of the county's labor force in November is listed at 17,000 and the number of unemployed at 1,000.
The jobless rate left Putnam County in a tie for the sixth best percentage in the state with Geauga County. Nearby Mercer County continues to lead Ohio with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate, although slightly up from 4.3 in October.

Comparing the November 2013 report with the November 2012 numbers, the picture is a little less positive. The new report shows 100 fewer unemployed in Putnam County, yet there are 500 fewer in the work force than 12 months ago. The Putnam County unemployment rate in November 2012 was 5.0 percent.

One nearby county saw at least some improvement from October. Defiance County reduced its jobless rate from 6.9 to 6.8, and Van Wert (6.7) counties all show increased unemployment. Others showed increased unemployment as Hancock County's jobless rate climbed from 5.6 to 5.8, Hardin moved from 7.2 to 7.4 and Paulding from 6.4 to 6.5. Allen remained steady from October to November at 7.7, with Van Wert County doing the same at 6.7. Monroe County came in last place in the state as unemployment jumped from 11.6 to 15.6 percent, moving Meigs County (12.3) up from last month when that county's unemployment came in at 12.0.

The employment picture in Putnam County is still better than Ohio's overall employment picture, which slipped last month from 7.5 percent in October to 7.4 percent. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,000 over the month, from a revised 5,202,600 in October to 5,190,600 in November.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 427,000, unchanged from October. The number of unemployed has increased by 37,000 in the past 12 months from 390,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was up from 6.8 percent in November 2012.

The U.S. unemployment rate for November was 7.0 percent, down from 7.3 percent in October and from 7.8 percent in November 2012.