According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services,
the lowest unemployment rate in southeast Ohio, by a considerable margin, was here in
Washington County, at 5.7 percent.
Two bordering counties, Morgan and Monroe, have some of the
highest jobless rates in the state at 9.7 and 9.5 percent, respectively. Noble County is well
above average at 9.3 percent, and Meigs County is the second highest in Ohio at
10.4, behind only Pike County. Athens County’s rate of 6.7 was the only
southeastern county besides Washington that was near the state average.
The lowest unemployment was in Holmes and Delaware counties.
Suburban counties near Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus all had low rates of
unemployment, as did Columbus and Franklin County.