County shares No. 1 in June jobs report


Dubois County and two others — Gibson and Bartholomew counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in June, 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 2.5% unemployment in June. For Dubois County, that was up four-tenths of a percent from the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s highest June unemployment — 4.7% — was found in Fayette and Vermillion counties. Fayette County is located in east-central Indiana. Vermillion County is north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border.

June rates rose in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties: Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Spencer and Warrick. Those rates were Crawford 3.7% (up from 3.3%); Daviess 2.7% (up from 2.3%); Martin 2.8% (up from 2.5%); Orange, 3.8% (up from 3.3%); Perry, 3.3% (up from 2.9%); Pike, 3.7% (up from 3.0%); Spencer, 3.0% (up from 2.6%); and Warrick, 3.0% (up from 2.6%).

The overall state rate in June dropped one-tenth of a percent, arriving at 3.5% and remaining lower than the national rate of 3.7%.

Indiana’s June labor force had a net decrease of 10,126 people over the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This was a result of a decrease of 3,123 unemployed residents and a decrease of 7,003 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.39 million, and the state’s 64.8% labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,741 people in June — 23,137 of whom were employed. That left 604 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in June 2018 was 2.7%, or three-tenths of a percent higher than the sixth month of 2019.

Indiana’s 3.5% June rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.0% (down from 4.1%); Kentucky, 4.1% (up from 4.0%); Michigan, 4.2% (unchanged); and Illinois, 4.3% (down from 4.4%). Other favorable Midwest rates in June were Minnesota, 3.3% (unchanged), and Wisconsin, 2.9% (up from 2.8%).

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