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County Jobs Report Shows Differing Economies Around Ohio

New county jobless figures show the Central Ohio job market is outperforming much of the state. Figures for the month of May show Delaware County registered 4.9 percent unemployment, ranking below only Mercer and Holmes counties as the best statewide. Union County ranked fourth-best, and Franklin, Fairfield, and Licking counties also registered May unemployment rates well below the statewide average of 7.3 percent. The situation is much worse in Southern Ohio. In Vinton County, unemployment remains high at 9.5 percent. Lisa Keita with the Saint Francis Center says demand for emergency food is constant. "One or two (of the remaining lumberyards) that were left closed down. Another one decreased its hours. "Things are getting a little more dire as far as the people that we're seeing." Keita says the foodbank has reduced allotments to families to help extend its supply of food. Nearby Pike County had the state's highest May unemployment rate at 12.5 percent, followed by Meigs, Scioto, and Morgan counties.