County in 4-way tie for No. 1 employmentMarch 26, 2019
By BILL POWELL
Dubois County and three others — Hamilton, Gibson and Boone counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in February, according to a new state report.
Dubois and Gibson counties in the southwest corner of Indiana, and Boone and Hamilton counties north of Indianapolis each posted 3.1 percent unemployment in February. For Dubois and Gibson counties, that was up one-tenth of a percent from the previous month when they alone were tied for the top spot, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The state’s highest February unemployment — 7.0 percent — remained in Vermillion County, which is north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border.
Rates in February for Dubois County’s eight neighboring counties were a mixed bag. Those rates were Crawford, 6.3 percent (up from 6.0 percent); Daviess, 3.3 percent (unchanged); Martin, 3.4 percent (down from 3.5 percent); Orange, 4.4 percent (up from 4.3 percent); Perry, 4.4 percent (up from 4.3 percent); Pike, 4.5 percent (up from 4.1 percent); Spencer, 4.3 percent (up from 4.2 percent); and Warrick, 3.5 percent (unchanged).
The overall state rate in February was unchanged at 3.5 percent. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reported private sector employment has grown by 40,400 during the year, and 4,400 over the previous month, setting a new preliminary record.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,388 people in February — 22,656 of whom were employed. That left 732 classified as unemployed.
By way of comparison, the county’s rate in February 2018 was 2.6 percent, or five-tenths of a percent lower than the second month of 2019.
Indiana’s 3.5 percent February rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.6 percent (down from 4.7 percent); Kentucky, 4.1 percent (down from 4.2 percent); Michigan, 4.0 percent (unchanged); and Illinois, 4.3 percent (unchanged). Other favorable Midwest rates in February were Minnesota, 3.1 percent (up from 3.0 percent), and Wisconsin, 2.9 percent (down from 3.0 percent).
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