County unemployment rate drops in December


Dubois County’s jobless rate dropped to 3% in December 2020, down from 3.5% in November, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Sixteen of the 92 Indiana counties showed lower rates than Dubois County. Benton, Carroll, Jay, Johnson and Montgomery counties had the same rate.

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 unemployment rate in December at 4.3%. This rate is down from 5% in November and lower than the national rate of 6.7%.

Indiana’s December labor force had a net increase of 60,831 people over the previous month, although the country’s labor force declined.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 2.4% (down from 2.8%); Martin, 2.9% (down from 3.4%) Orange, 5.6% (down from 7.1%); Perry, 3.9% (down from 4.5%); Pike, 3.7% (down from 4.2%); Spencer, 3.6% (down from 4.3%) and Warrick, 2.8% (down from 3.4%).

Out of all 92 counties, the highest December rate was in Lake County at 6.4%. The lowest was in Daviess County at 2.4%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,654 people in December — 21,981 of whom were employed. That left 673 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in December 2019 was 1.9%.

Indiana had the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in December and the 11th lowest in the country. Other states’ rates were Ohio, 5.5%; Kentucky, 6.0%; Michigan, 7.5%; Illinois, 7.6%; Minnesota, 4.4%, and Wisconsin, 5.5%.

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