Local Unemployment Fall in February

By Tim Tresslar, Staff Writer Updated 10:48 AM Friday, March 25, 2011

Unemployment continued to shrink in Montgomery County and its two largest cities in February, a trend also seen in other neighboring counties, according to figures released Friday.

February’s jobless rate contracted to 10.3 percent, compared to 10.7 percent in January, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A year ago in February, unemployment in the county stood at 12.1 percent.

Last month, Dayton’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent, down from 11.8 percent in January, state officials said. A year ago, the jobless rate in the city was 13 percent.

In Kettering, the unemployment rate slipped to 9.4 percent from January’s level of 9.5 percent. In February 2010, Kettering’s unemployment rate was 11.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Greene County retreated to 9.6 percent in February, compared with 9.7 percent in January. In February 2010, the unemployment rate was 10.8 percent.

Miami County’s jobless rate last month was 10.3 percent, versus 10.7 percent in January and 12.7 percent a year ago.

In Warren County, February’s unemployment slipped to 8.9 percent from 9.3 percent in the previous month and 10 percent a year ago.