Dubois, Bartholomew share No. 1 in jobs report


Dubois and Bartholomew counties shared the lowest unemployment in the state in April, according to a new state report.

Dubois County and the county east of Bloomington and home to the City of Columbus each posted a 2.1 percent unemployment rate in April. For Dubois County, that was down seven-tenths of a percent from the previous month. Bartholomew County was down eight-tenths, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s highest April unemployment — 6.8% — was found in Howard County. That was up two and five-tenths percent from the previous month for the county north of Indianapolis covering Kokomo.

Rates in April fell in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties. Those rates were Crawford, 3.6% (down from 5.1%); Daviess 2.2% (down from 2.9%); Martin, 2.5% (down from 3.3%); Orange, 3.1% (down from 4.0%); Perry, 2.8% (down from 3.8%); Pike, 2.8% (down from 4.0%); Spencer, 2.5% (down from 3.8%); and Warrick, 2.5% (down from 3.3%).

The overall state rate in April was unchanged from the previous month at 3.6%. The national rate also stood at 3.6%, its lowest level since December 1969, after the U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April.

Indiana’s April labor force had a net increase of 1,349 people over the previous month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This was a result of an increase of 29 unemployed residents and an increase of 1,320 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.41 million, and the state’s 65.3% labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 23,183 people in April — 22,690 of whom were employed. That left 493 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in April 2018 was 2.0%, or one-tenth of a percent lower than the fourth month of 2019.

Indiana’s 3.6 percent April rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.3% (down from 4.4%); Kentucky, 4.0% (unchanged); Michigan, 4.1% (up from 4.0%); and Illinois, 4.4% (unchanged). Other favorable Midwest rates in April were Minnesota, 3.3% (up from 3.2%), and Wisconsin, 2.8% (down from 2.9%).

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