County unemployment rate remains steady


Dubois County’s jobless rate remained at 2.7% in August, 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 Daviess, Hamilton, LaGrange and Boone 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 August at 4.1%, the same rate as July. This rate remained lower than the national average of 5.2%.

Indiana’s August labor force had a net decrease of 19,418 people over the previous month, and the county’s labor force had a net decrease of 506 people.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 2.6% (same as before); Martin, 2.8% (down from 2.9%) Orange, 4.9% (down from 5.0%); Perry, 3.4% (down from 3.6%); Pike, 3.8% (down from 4.1%); Spencer, 3.2% (up from 3.1%) and Warrick, 3.1% (down from 3.3%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest August rate was in Howard County at 6.8%, and the lowest rate was in Boone County at 2.4%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,129 people in August — 21,539 of whom were employed. That left 590 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in August 2020 was 4.9%.

Indiana’s rate was relatively low compared to the surrounding area. Other states’ rates were: Illinois, 7%; Kentucky, 4.3%; Michigan, 4.7%; Minnesota, 3.8%; Ohio, 5.4%, and Wisconsin, 3.9%.

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