Stark County's jobless rate followed a statewide trend as it dropped in February compared with January and the 2017 rate.

Area counties followed a statewide trend and saw unemployment rates drop in February, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Stark County came in at 5.2 percent unemployed, which was lower than the 5.6 percent reported in January and the 6.3 percent reported in February 2017.

Canton's estimated jobless rate was 5.9 percent, coming in lower than 6.4 percent reported in January and 7.3 percent posted last year.

That compares with Ohio's rate of 4.8 percent and the national jobless rate of 4.4 percent. Ohio's seasonally adjusted rate was 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in January and 5.1 percent in February 2017. The national seasonally adjusted rate is 4.1 percent, which matches January and is lower than 4.7 percent reported a year ago.

Holmes County had the lowest jobless rate among neighboring counties, as the jobless rate slipped to 3.3 percent, compared with 3.6 percent in January and 4.2 percent a year ago. Rates of other neighboring counties were:

• Wayne at 3.7 percent, down from 4 percent in January and 4.6 percent last year.

• Summit at 4.8 percent, down from 5.2 percent in January and 5.9 percent last year.

• Portage at 5 percent, down from 5.4 percent in January and 6.2 percent last year.

• Tuscarawas at 5 percent, down from 5.5 percent in January and 6.3 percent last year.

• Columbiana at 5.7 percent, down from 6.4 percent in January and 7.3 percent last year.

• Carroll at 6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in January and 7.5 percent last year. 

• Mahoning at 6.1 percent, down from 8 percent in January and in February 2017.