County shares No. 1 position in September jobs report


Dubois County shared the lowest unemployment in the state in September with Adams County in the northeast portion of Indiana.

Both counties posted 2.1 percent unemployment rates, according to a new report by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. For Dubois County, that showing was down seven-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month. That August report had showed Dubois County in a three-way tie with Bartholomew and LaGrange counties for the No. 1 spot.

The state’s highest September unemployment — 4.8 percent — remained in Vermillion County, which is north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border. Vermillion County’s rate was down 1.1 percentage points from the previous month.

Rates in September fell in all eight of Dubois County’s neighbors: Crawford, 3.8 percent (down from 4.2 percent); Daviess, 2.3 percent (down from 3.2 percent); Martin, 2.5 percent (down from 3.0 percent); Orange, 3.3 percent (down from 4.0 percent); Perry, 3.2 percent (down from 4.1 percent); Pike, 2.9 percent (down from 3.7 percent); Spencer, 2.9 percent (down from 3.7 percent) and Warrick, 2.5 percent (down from 3.3 percent).

The overall state rate in September was 3.5 percent (unchanged), which was below a national rate of 3.7 percent (down from 3.9 percent). That national rate was the lowest since December 1969. The U.S. Department of Labor reported the U.S. economy added 134,000 jobs in September. That was below expectations in part because of the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,231 people in September — 22,733 of whom were employed. That left 498 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in September 2017 was 2.6 percent, or five-tenths of a percent higher than the ninth month of 2018.

Indiana’s 3.5 percent September rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were: Ohio, 4.6 percent (unchanged); Kentucky, 4.5 percent (up from 4.4 percent); Michigan, 4.0 percent (down from 4.1 percent); and Illinois, 4.1 percent (unchanged). Other Midwest rates in September were: Minnesota, 2.8 percent (down from 2.9 percent); and Wisconsin, 3.0 percent (unchanged).

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