Cayuga County's unemployment rate in February experienced its first year-over-year increase in more than 50 months. February's rate also is 0.5% lower than the 3.7% rate reported in February 2016.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which fell from a revised 4.5 percent in January, is the lowest Lane County rate since 1990, when the state started keeping seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by county.
The jobless rate for the Columbus area was 4.8 percent in January.
But he does expect the job numbers to improve as seasonal employment picks up in the coming months.
Only Mercer and DE counties had lower rates, at 3.7 and 3.8 percent, respectively.
The labor force grew in the county after shrinking over the previous two months.
Hamilton County had the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10 percent. There were only 800 unemployed people to go with 17,800 working people.
Jobless rates decreased in 76 of Ohio's 88 counties, increased in 11 counties and remained the same in one.
In January, the rate was 7.7 percent.
MDOL reported that February's rate was the lowest since December 2000. Albany was at 4.4 percent.
The employment rate came in at 61.6 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 63.1 percent in the third quarter.