County unemployment rate rose in January


Dubois County’s jobless rate rose to 3.6 in January, up from 3.1 in December 2020, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county ranked 64th lowest out of 92 Indiana counties.

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 January at 4.2%. This rate is down from 4.6% in December 2020 and lower than the national rate of 6.3%.

Indiana’s January labor force had a net increase of 14,529 people over the previous month, although the country’s labor force declined.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 2.9% (up from 2.5%); Martin, 3.4% (up from 3.2%) Orange, 5.9% (up from 5.5%); Perry, 4.6% (up from 4.0%); Pike, 4.6% (up from 3.6%); Spencer, 4.3% (up from 3.6%) and Warrick, 3.6% (up from 3.1%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest January rate was in Lake County at 7.4%. The lowest was in LaGrange and Adams counties at 2.7%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,891 people in January — 22,056 of whom were employed. That left 835 classified as unemployed.

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

Indiana had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest in January, trailing Wisconsin. Other states’ rates were Ohio, 5.3%; Kentucky, 5.3%; Michigan, 5.7%; Illinois, 7.7%; Minnesota, 4.5%, and Wisconsin, 3.8%.

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