County shares No. 1 position in jobs report


Dubois County shared the lowest unemployment in the state in November with Bartholomew County.

Bartholomew County, east of Bloomington and home to the City of Columbus, and Dubois County each posted a 2.7 percent unemployment rate in November, and both were up one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s highest November unemployment — 8.3 percent — was in Howard County, which is north of Indianapolis and covers Kokomo. That was up 4.6 percent from the previous month.

Rates in November rose in six of eight of Dubois County’s neighbors: Crawford, 4.6 percent (up from 4.5 percent); Martin, 3.1 percent (up from 2.9 percent); Perry, 3.7 percent (up from 3.6 percent); Pike, 3.8 percent (up from 3.5 percent); Spencer, 3.6 percent (up from 3.3 percent); and Warrick, 3.1 percent (up from 3.0 percent). Daviess County’s 2.9 percent rate was unchanged, and Orange County, with a 3.9 percent rate, saw unemployment drop from 4.1 percent in October.

The overall state rate in November stood at 3.6 percent, remaining just under the national rate of 3.7 percent (unchanged for the last three months and a 49-year low).

The U.S. Labor Department reported that nationwide hiring slowed in November. The 155,000 jobs added in November was a slowdown from recent months, but was enough to suggest the economy was expanding at a solid pace despite the sharp gyrations in the stock market, the Associated Press reported.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,027 people in November — 22,405 of whom were employed. That left 622 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in November 2017 was 2.4 percent, or three-tenths of a percent lower than the 11th month of 2018.

Indiana’s 3.6 percent November rate (up from 3.5 percent) was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were: Ohio, 4.6 percent (unchanged); Kentucky, 4.5 percent (unchanged); Michigan, 3.9 percent (unchanged); and Illinois, 4.2 percent (unchanged). Other favorable Midwest rates in November were: Minnesota, 2.8 percent (unchanged); and Wisconsin, 3.0 percent (unchanged).

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