The Clermont County unemployment rate dropped for the month of August. The rate fell below 10 percent of the workforce for the second time this year and was reported at 9.6 percent.
The rate fell slightly below the Aug. 2009 mark of 9.7 percent and came close to matching the national unemployment rate, currently 9.5 percent, for the first time in many months.
According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services the rates are improving on a state average.
Locally the rate has been on an unsteady decline since the 11.8 percent high in January. The rate fell to 9.6 in May, when government hiring for the 2010 census peaked, before climbing back above 10 percent until this month.
Regionally, rates have continued to fall, however Clinton and Highland counties maintain the highest unemployment rates in the state at 15.6 percent and 15 percent respectively. Warren County has the lowest rate in the area at 8.7 percent.
The non-seasonally adjusted Ohio unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent from July's rate of 10.3 percent.
State wide manufacturing jobs continue to be loss at the highest rate, with 11,900 jobs lost over the last 12 months.
More jobs were gained in professional and business services than in any other sector, followed by government employment.