Unemployment rates in Clark, Champaign counties unchanged in latest monthly report

The unemployment rate in Clark and Champaign counties stayed the same between the months of November and December.  BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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The unemployment rate in Clark and Champaign counties stayed the same between the months of November and December. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Unemployment rates stayed the same in Clark and Champaign counties between November and December.

Clark County’s unemployment rate stayed at 5% in December, while Champaign County’s remained at 4.1%, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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However, both counties saw a dip in the number of people listed as employed or looking for work between those months. That data, known as the labor force, is a rough estimate of those counties residents who are either employed or actively searching for work.

In Clark County, the labor force went from 64,200 people to 63,400 between November and December. The number of people listed as employed, either full-time or part-time, went from 61,000 to 60,300 during that period.

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In Champaign County, the labor force went from 19,900 to 19,700 and the number of people employed decreased from 19,100 to 18,900.

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