County unemployment rate remains steady


Dubois County’s jobless rate remained at 2.8% in May, the same as in April, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county had one of the lowest rates out of 92 Indiana counties. Three counties had lower rates and two 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 May at 4.0%. This rate rose from 3.9% in April but remained lower than the national rate of 5.8%.

Indiana’s May labor force had a net increase of 36,081 people over the previous month, and the county’s labor force had a net increase of 444 people.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 2.9% (up from 2.5%); Martin, 3.0% (up from 2.9%) Orange, 4.8% (same as last month); Perry, 3.6% (up from 3.4%); Pike, 3.9% (same as last month); Spencer, 3.1% (up from 3.0%) and Warrick, 3.4% (up from 3.3%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest May rate was in Lake County at 8.3%. The lowest was in Adams County at 2.5%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,623 people in May — 22,955 of whom were employed. That left 668 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in May 2020 was 5.5%.

Tied with Minnesota at 4.0%, Indiana had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in May, with Wisconsin at 3.9%. Other states’ rates were Ohio, 5.0%; Kentucky, 4.5%; Michigan, 5.0%, and Illinois, 7.1%.

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