County shares No. 1 in July jobs report


Dubois County and two others — Gibson and Bartholomew counties — remained tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in July, according to a new state report.

The county home to Princeton, the county east of Bloomington (and home to the City of Columbus) and Dubois County each posted 2.6% unemployment in July. That was up one-tenth of a percent from the previous month for all three, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s highest July unemployment — 5.2% — was found in Vermillion County, which is north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border. Vermillion’s rate was up five-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

July rates rose in five of eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties: Crawford, Daviess, Perry, Spencer and Warrick. Those rates were Crawford 4.0% (up from 3.7%); Daviess 2.8% (up from 2.7%); Perry, 3.6% (up from 3.3%); Spencer, 3.2% (up from 3.0%); and Warrick, 3.2% (up from 3.0%).

The rates in Martin, Orange and Pike counties edged downward. Those rates were: Martin 2.7% (down from 2.8%); Orange, 3.7% (down from 3.8%); Pike, 3.5% (down from 3.7%).

The overall state rate in July dropped one-tenth of a percent, arriving at 3.4% and remaining lower than the national rate of 3.7%.

The last time Indiana’s unemployment rate was at 3.4 percent was April 2018.

Indiana’s July labor force had a net decrease of 6,608 people over the previous month as U.S. employers as a whole slowed their hiring in July. For Indiana, it was a result of a decrease of 1,274 unemployed residents and a decrease of 5,334 employed residents, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.6% labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.0%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,925 people in July — 23,296 of whom were employed. That left 629 classified as unemployed.

Indiana’s 3.4% July rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.0% (unchanged); Kentucky, 4.3% (up from 4.1%); Michigan, 4.3% (up from 4.2%); and Illinois, 4.2% (down from 4.3%). Other favorable Midwest rates in July were Minnesota, 3.4% (up from 3.3%), and Wisconsin, 3.0% (up from 2.9%).

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