County unemployment falls slightly


Dubois County’s jobless rate slightly fell to 2.7% in July from 3.1% in June, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county had the sixth lowest rate out of 92 Indiana counties.

Current unemployment reporting represents a coordinated effort throughout the nation with a specified reporting time frame that targets the week that includes the 12th day of the month.

The new state report placed Indiana’s overall seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in July at 4.1%, the same rate as June. This rate remained lower than the national average of 5.4%.

Indiana’s July labor force had a net decrease of 31,106 people over the previous month, and the county’s labor force had a net decrease of 413 people.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 2.6% (down from 3.0%); Martin, 2.8% (down from 3.2%) Orange, 5.0% (down from 6.0%); Perry, 3.5% (down from 4.0%); Pike, 4.1% (down from 4.6%); Spencer, 3.1% (down from 3.6%) and Warrick, 3.1% (down from 3.6%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest July rate was in Lake County at 8.0%, and the lowest rate was in Adams County at 2.4%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,659 people in July — 22,054 of whom were employed. That left 605 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in July 2020 was 6.8%.

Indiana’s rate was relatively low compared to the surrounding area. Other states’ rates were: Illinois, 7.1%; Kentucky, 4.4%; Michigan, 4.8%; Minnesota, 3.9%; Ohio, 5.4%, and Wisconsin, 3.9%.

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