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      Unemployment drops in the region

      The unemployment rate dropped in Toledo, Lucas County and almost every county in the region, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

      The unemployment rate in Toledo was down to nine percent in November 2011. That is a drop from 10.1 percent in October and 10.7 percent in November 2010. Lucas County also saw a precipitous drop in unemployment with the rate falling from 9.7 percent in October to 8.5 percent in November. That is down from the 10.2 percent unemployment the county experienced in November 2010.

      The news was good to the south of Toledo as well with Hancock County's 6.5 percent unemployment rate among the lowest in the state. That rate is down from the 7.4 percent rate the county saw in October and 8.0 percent from a year ago.

      The rate also continued to fall in surrounding counties with Wood County experiencing a 7.2 percent unemployment rate, down from 8.4 percent a month ago and a drop of more than a full point in Fulton County where the rate fell from 7.6 percent from 8.7 in October.

      In Sandusky County, the unemployment rate fell from 8.2 percent in October to 7.8 percent in November. Henry County also realized a drop in unemployment, falling from 8.8 percent in October to 7.9 percent in November.

      Ottawa County was the only county in the region that saw unemployment on the rise in November. There, unemployment jumped more than two percentage points from 9.3 percent to 11.9 percent in November. That is still far better than in November 2010 when Ottawa County was leading the state with a 15.2 percent unemployment rate.

      Ottawa County now has the second highest unemployment rate among Ohio's 88 counties. Pike County in southern Ohio leads with 13.9 percent. Mercer County, located along the Ohio -- Indiana border, led the state with the lowest rate with 4.9 percent in November.