The jobless rate for central Ohio rose to 3.7 percent in May after hitting a 16-year low in April.

The unemployment rate for the Columbus metropolitan area was 3.4 percent in April.

Even with the increase, the jobless rate remains the lowest in Ohio. Cincinnati had the next-lowest rate at 3.9 percent.

The unemployment rate climbed in most metro areas and 53 of the state's 88 counties last month. Rates often rise in May as school ends and students begin looking for work.

Three counties in central Ohio were among 10 counties in Ohio with jobless rates at or below 3.5 percent.

Delaware County had an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent followed by 3.4 percent in Union County and 3.5 percent in Madison County.

The jobless rate for Franklin County was 3.7 percent in May while the rate for Columbus was 3.8 percent.

Licking County posted a jobless rate of 3.7 percent and Fairfield County had a rate of 3.8 percent.

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Pickaway County's rate was 4 percent followed by a rate of 4.2 percent in Morrow County, 4.4 percent in Hocking County and 5 percent in Perry County.

Mercer County in northwestern Ohio had the lowest rate in the state at 2.8 percent, and Monroe County in eastern Ohio had the highest rate at 7.2 percent.