County unemployment rate falls in April


Dubois County’s jobless rate dropped to 2.8% in April, down from 3.4% in March, 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 one had the same rate of 2.8%.

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 April at 3.9%. This rate remains unchanged from March and lower than the national rate of 6.1%.

Indiana’s April labor force had a net increase of 31,281 people over the previous month, although the country’s labor force decreased.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties’ rates were: Daviess, 2.5% (down from 3.0%); Martin, 2.9% (down from 3.3%) Orange, 4.8% (down from 5.7%); Perry, 3.4% (down from 4.2%); Pike, 3.8% (down from 4.5%); Spencer, 3.0% (down from 4.3%) and Warrick, 3.3% (down from 3.7%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest April rate was in Lake County at 7.6%. The lowest was in Adams County at 2.1%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,184 people in April — 22,535 of whom were employed. That left 649 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in April 2020 was 9.7%.

Indiana was tied with Wisconsin for the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in April. Other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.7%; Kentucky, 4.7%; Michigan, 4.9%; Illinois, 7.1%; Minnesota, 4.1%, and Wisconsin, 3.9%.

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