County unemployment rate continues to drop


Dubois County’s jobless rate fell to 1.6% in October, down from 1.8% in September, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county had one of the lowest unemployment rates out of the 92 Indiana counties. Only LaGrange and Union counties had lower rates.

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 October at 3.3%, down from 3.5% in September. This rate remained lower than the national average of 4.6%.

Indiana’s October labor force had a net decrease of 350 people over the previous month, and the county’s labor force had a net increase of 75 people.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties’ rates were: Daviess, 1.7% (down from 1.8%); Martin, 1.7% (down from 1.9%) Orange, 3.0% (down from 3.4%); Perry, 2.2% (down from 2.4%); Pike, 2.4% (down from 2.7%); Spencer, 1.9% (down from 2.1%) and Warrick, 2.0% (down from 2.1%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest October rate was in Howard County at 4.2%, and the lowest rate was in LaGrange and Union counties at 1.5%. Hamilton, Boone and Adams counties also had rates of 1.6%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22.057 people in October — 21,697 of whom were employed.

That left 360 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in October 2020 was 3.4%.

Indiana’s rate was relatively low compared to the surrounding area. Other states’ rates were: Illinois, 6%; Kentucky, 4.2%; Michigan, 6.1%; Minnesota, 3.5%; Ohio, 5.1%, and Wisconsin, 3.2%.

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