Local and state unemployment rates increased in December compared with November and last year, according to date released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Unemployment locally and in the region rose during December, according to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Stark County saw its jobless rate rise to 5.2 percent in December, higher than the 4.4 percent reported in November and the 4.9 percent reported last year.

Canton's unemployment rate came in at 6.1 percent, higher than 5.4 percent reported in November and 5.7 percent reported in December 2017.

Those numbers compared with Ohio's December jobless rate of 4.8 percent, which was higher than 4.1 percent reported for November and 4.5 percent posted last year.

Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 4.6 percent, which was unchanged from November and lower than 4.9 percent reported in December 2017.

The state's non-agricultural wage and salary employment increased by 2,900 in December, and for the year added more than 116,000 jobs.

The growth rate was 2.1 percent for 2018, the best since a 3.6 percent rate in 1994, according to a report from Policy Matters Ohio. But job growth tailed off during the last four months of 2018, Policy Matters said, with 16,200 jobs created compared with 100,300 created during the first eight months.

Among neighboring counties, Holmes County posted the lowest rate at 3.5 percent, compared with 2.8 percent in November and 3.2 percent in December 2017. Other counties reported:


Wayne at 4 percent, higher than 3.2 percent in November and 3.8 percent last year.
Tuscarawas at 4.8 percent, higher than 4 percent in November and 4.7 percent last year.
Portage at 4.8 percent, higher than 4 percent in November and 4.7 percent last year.
Summit at 4.9 percent, higher than 4.2 percent in November and 4.8 percent last year.
Columbiana at 5.4 percent, higher than 4.6 percent in November and 5.2 percent last year.
Carroll at 5.5 percent, higher than 4.6 percent in November, but lower than 5.7 percent last year.
Mahoning at 6.3 percent, higher than 5.5 percent in October and 5.9 percent last year.