Despite the increase, Mercer County still had the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
Overall Lucas County's civilian labor force - which tallies people working or actively searching for work - grew by 2,300 to 210,700.
According to the latest numbers released Wednesday by the ESD, private-sector and government employment each decreased by 3,600 jobs in January.
The state report, which uses two different surveys, leaves the exact job picture a bit muddled.Based on what employers said, the state reported losing 7,200 jobs in the month, the first drop in at least two years. The job growth for the month in Educational and Health Services all came from industries in healthcare and social assistance, according to the EDD's data.
Hancock County's jobless rate climbed to 4.4 percent in January from 3.6 percent in December, the state Job and Family Services Department reported.
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The trend of a higher unemployment rate from December to January of a new year has occurred for 17 consecutive years. The national unemployment rate increased from 4.7 percent to 4.8 percent over the same period.
The jobless rate also jumped in the city of Toledo, to 6.7 percent in January. Keyes had a rate of 14.6 percent in January, up from the 13.5 percent in December.
The nationwide unemployment rate rose a tick from 4.7 percent in December to 4.8 percent in January, the second straight monthly increase, though that was still a bit better than the 4.9 percent mark a year ago.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.8 percent for January, up from 4.7 percent in December and down from 4.9 percent in January 2016.