County shares No. 1 spot in June jobs report

Herald Staff Writer

Dubois and Hamilton counties were tied for the lowest unemployment in the state in June, according to a new state report.

The Dubois County rate was 6.2 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percent from the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The tie with Hamilton County means Dubois County has had at least a share of the state’s employment lead for 12 of the last 14 months.

Fountain County sported the state’s highest June unemployment rate: 12.4 percent.

June rates rose in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties: Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange, Perry, Pike, Spencer and Warrick.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up by one-tenth of a percent, to 8.4 percent.

Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said Indiana’s manufacturing sector expanded by 4,300 jobs in June, the largest one-month jump since August 2004. The majority of that growth occurred in durable goods, mainly in transportation equipment.

California came in second in the nation for adding manufacturing jobs in June, with 2,600 positions added.

“The job growth seen in Indiana’s manufacturing sector in the month of June shows that people are going to work in Indiana,” Gov. Mike Pence said about the latest figures. “While too many Hoosiers are still out of work, I am encouraged by today’s report and anticipate further progress for jobs in Indiana in the months ahead.”

Sanders said the state’s total private sector employment of 2,518,600 positions was the highest since June 2008 when total jobs numbered 2,530,600.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 21,723 people in June, 20,370 of whom were employed. That left 1,353 classified as unemployed.

Ohio, with 7.3 percent unemployment (up from 7.0 percent), was the lone Hoosier State neighbor with a better rate than Indiana’s. Kentucky was tied with Indiana with 8.4 percent unemployment (up from 8.1 percent unemployment). Trailing Indiana were Michigan, with an 8.7 percent rate (up from 8.4 percent), and Illinois, with a 9.2 percent rate (up from 9.1 percent).

Jobless numbers

June unemployment percentages by county:
Crawford: 10.0 percent, up from 9.5 percent.
Daviess: 7.0 percent, up from 6.2 percent.
Dubois: 6.2 percent, up from 5.7 percent.
Martin: 6.9 percent, up from 6.5 percent.
Orange: 9.2 percent, up from 8.9 percent.
Perry: 8.2 percent, up from 7.9 percent.
Pike: 8.9 percent, up from 8.2 percent.
Spencer: 7.9 percent, up from 7.2 percent.
Warrick: 7.4 percent, up from 6.8 percent.

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