Dubois County keeps No. 2 unemployment spot

Herald Staff Writer

Dubois County retains the No. 2 spot in the ranking of Indiana’s lowest unemployment rates for a third month, according to a March jobs report released today.

Hamilton County north of Indianapolis continued leading the state in March with 4.3 percent unemployment, followed by the 4.4 percent in Dubois County, which was down five-tenths of a percent from February.

Rates also declined in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties: Spencer, Pike, Perry, Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Orange and Warrick.

The overall state unemployment rate continued to drop further below the national rate in March, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

At 5.9 percent, the rate of unemployment in the Hoosier State is now at its lowest point since July 2008 and has declined by 2 percent over the year. That’s the third-largest decline in the nation, according to Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Indiana’s labor force increased again in March, marking the sixth consecutive month of labor force increases. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.  

“Indiana’s unemployment rate is now below 6 percent for the first time since July of 2008,” Sanders said. “Our rate has dropped by two percentage points in one year, which is the third-largest decline in the nation. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014 alone, which is also remarkable.”

Since July 2009, which was the low point of employment in the state, Indiana has added 74,900 manufacturing jobs — the second-most in the nation in that sector. Sanders said Indiana continues to lead the nation in manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 21,241 people in March — 20,300 of those folks were employed. That left 941 classified as unemployed.

The county’s rate in March 2013 was 6.6 percent, which is 2.2 percent higher than the current rate.
The state’s highest March unemployment was in Vermillion County — north of Terre Haute along the Indiana-Illinois border — where the rate reached 9.8 percent.

Indiana’s rate was lower than all of its neighboring states’ rates in March. Those other rates were: Illinois, 8.4 percent (down from 8.7 percent); Kentucky, 7.9 percent (up from 7.8 percent; Michigan, 7.5 percent (up from 7.7 percent); and Ohio, 6.1 percent (down from 6.5 percent).

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.

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