County unemployment rate dropped in March

By CHRISTINE STEPHENSON
cstephenson@dcherald.com

Dubois County’s jobless rate dropped to 3.4% in March, down from 3.6% in February, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county had one of the lowest rates out of 92 Indiana counties. Seven counties had lower rates and three had the same rate of 3.4%.

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 March at 3.9%. This rate is down from 4.0% in February and lower than the national rate of 6.0%.

Indiana’s March labor force had a net decrease of 4,342 people over the previous month, although the country’s labor force increased.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 3.0% (down from 3.2%); Martin, 3.3% (down from 3.5%) Orange, 5.7% (unchanged); Perry, 4.2% (down from 4.4%); Pike, 4.5% (down from 4.6%); Spencer, 4.3% (down from 4.4%) and Warrick, 3.7% (unchanged).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest March rate was in Lake County at 7.6%. The lowest was in LaGrange, Daviess and Adams counties at 3.0%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,151 people in March — 21,393 of whom were employed. That left 758 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in March 2020 was 2.6%.

Indiana had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in March, trailing Wisconsin. Other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.9%; Kentucky, 4.2%; Michigan, 3.7%; Illinois, 3.7%; Minnesota, 3.5%, and Wisconsin, 3.2%.




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