County shares No. 1 in March jobs report


Dubois County and two others — Hamilton and Boone counties — tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in March, according to a new state report.

Dubois County and the two counties north of Indianapolis each posted 2.8% unemployment in March, down three-tenths of a percent from the previous month when they and Gibson County were tied for the top spot, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s highest March unemployment — 6.9% — was found in Lake County, at the northwest tip of Indiana.

Rates in March fell in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties. Those rates were Crawford, 5.1% (down from 6.3%); Daviess 2.9% (down from 3.3%); Martin, 3.3% (down from 3.4%); Orange, 4.0% (down from 4.4%); Perry, 3.8% (down from 4.4%); Pike, 4.0% (down from 4.5%); Spencer, 3.8% (down from 4.3%); and Warrick, 3.3% (down from 3.5%).

The overall state rate in March was unchanged from the previous month at 3.6%. The national rate in March was 3.8%.

With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana’s unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for more than five years, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,347 people in March — 22,696 of whom were employed. That left 651 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in February 2018 was 2.3%, or five-tenths of a percent lower than the third month of 2019.

Indiana’s 3.6 percent March rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.4% (down from 4.6%); Kentucky, 4.0% (down from 4.1%); Michigan, 4.0% (unchanged); and Illinois, 4.4% (up from 4.3%). Other favorable Midwest rates in March were Minnesota, 3.2% (up from 3.1%), and Wisconsin, 2.9% (unchanged).

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