County occupies No. 3 spot in June jobs report

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

Dubois County landed in the No. 3 spot in a new state jobs report, behind two of its neighbors.

The county’s rate slipped to 7.1% in June, up from 5.7% the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The ranking of the state’s 92 counties had Daviess County at No. 1 with a 5.7% June rate (unchanged), followed by Martin County’s 6.6% rate (up from 5.9%).

Dubois County’s jobless rate had been as high as 10.6% in April.

The worst June rate went to another Dubois County neighbor: Orange County with a 20.2% rate (up from 18.4%).

Dubois County’s remaining neighboring counties saw their June rates fall. Those rates were: Crawford, 10.7% (down from 10.8%); Perry, 10.5% (down from 11.7%); Pike, 9.1% (down from 9.7%); Spencer, 7.8% (down from 8.1%) and Warrick, 8.3% (down from 9.2%).

The new state report placed Indiana’s overall unemployment rate in June at 11.2%, down from 12.3% and comparable to the national rate of 11.1%.

Indiana’s June labor force had a net increase of 53,484 people over the previous month. That was a result of a decrease of 28,747 unemployed residents coupled with an increase of 82,231 employed residents, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stood at 3.39 million, and the state’s 64.3% labor force participation rate remained above the national rate of 61.5%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,337 people in June — 21,675 of whom were employed. That left 1,662 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in June 2019 was 2.5% or 4.6% lower than the sixth month of this year.

Indiana’s 11.2% June rate was on par with some of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 10.9% (down from 13.7%); Kentucky, 4.3% (down from 10.9%); Michigan, 14.8% (down from 21.3%); and Illinois, 14.6% (down from 15.3%). Other Midwest rates in June were Minnesota, 8.6% (down from 9.9%), and Wisconsin, 8.5% (down from 12.1%).

Current unemployment reporting represents a coordinated effort throughout the nation with a specified reporting time frame that targets the week that includes the 12th day of the month.




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