LISBON - Columbiana County's employment rate dropped to its lowest point in four years in May.
According to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the county's jobless rate was 7.8 percent last month, compared to 8.3 percent in April.
This represents the lowest monthly unemployment rate since mid 2008, which is when the recession began gaining momentum.
Meanwhile, the state unemployment rate continued to decline, dropping from 7.4 percent to 7.3 percent in May. The national unemployment rate increasedl slightly last month, however, from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent.
The state estimated the number of unemployed residents totaled 4,000 in May, down 200 from the month before. This is based on a workforce of 47,200 residents.
The county's unemployment rate was the 27th highest in May out of 88 Ohio counties, which is the same position it held the month before. Compared to adjoining counties, the county's jobless rate remained lower than Jefferson (10.1 percent) but higher than Mahoning (7.4 percent), Stark (7.1 percent) and Carroll (6.8 percent).