County unemployment remains lower than state


Dubois County’s jobless rate slightly rose to 3.0% in June from 2.9% in May, according to preliminary data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county had one of the lowest rates out of 92 Indiana counties. Only Adams and LaGrange counties had lower rates at 2.8% each.

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 June at 4.1%. This rate slightly rose from 4.0% in May but remained lower than the national rate of 5.9%.

Indiana’s June labor force had a net increase of 17,823 people over the previous month, and the county’s labor force had a net increase of 340 people.

Dubois County’s neighboring counties' rates were: Daviess, 3.0% (up from 2.9%); Martin, 3.2% (up from 3.0%) Orange, 5.1% (up from 4.8%); Perry, 3.7% (same as last month); Pike, 4.5% (up from 3.9%); Spencer, 3.4% (up from 3.2%) and Warrick, 3.8% (up from 3.5%).

Out of all Indiana counties, the highest June rate was in Howard County at 9.4%. Dubois County had the same rate as Daviess and Boone counties.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,927 people in June — 23,205 of whom were employed. That left 722 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s jobless rate in June 2020 was 6.4%.

Indiana’s unemployment rate in June was relatively low compared to some other Midwest states. Other states’ rates were: Illinois, 7.2%; Kentucky, 4.4%; Michigan, 5.0%; Minnesota, 4.0%; Ohio, 5.2%, and Wisconsin, 3.9%.

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