Good news for our area tonight...the unemployment rate in Muskingum County has decreased, bringing the county's average percentage below both national and Ohio averages. Port Authority director Larry Merry is pleased about these figures. In fact this is the first time Muskingum County has been in this category in the last 20 years. But there is still more work to be done, especially in Morgan County. Despite the decrease in unemployment in our area, that also means a decrease in the workforce for potential companies to take advantage of. Merry adds that the community will continue to thrive with new businesses and companies in the future by working harder to decrease the unemployment rate.