Dubois County shares No. 2 in unemployment


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

Dubois and Bartholomew County east of Bloomington and home to the City of Columbus each posted 2.3% unemployment in November. For Dubois County, that was up two-tenths of a percent from the previous month.

The state’s No. 1 spot went to Tipton County, north of Indianapolis, with its 2.1% showing.

November rates rose in all eight of Dubois County’s neighboring counties: Crawford 3.6% (up from 3.3%); Daviess, 2.5% (up from 2.2%); Martin, 2.5% (up from 2.4%) Orange, 3.4% (up from 3.1%); Perry, 3.0% (up from 2.9%); Pike, 2.9% (up from 2.8%); Spencer, 3.0% (up from 2.6%) and Warrick, 2.8% (up from 2.6%).

The overall state rate in November remained at 3.2%, continuing to be lower than the national rate of 3.5%.

The last time Indiana’s unemployment rate was lower than 3.2% was December 2000.

Indiana’s November labor force had a net increase of 346 people over the previous month. That was a result of an increase of 308 unemployed residents coupled with an increase of 38 employed residents, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.38 million, and the state’s 64.4% labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.2%.

Dubois County’s labor force consisted of 22,766 people in November — 22,238 of whom were employed. That left 528 classified as unemployed.

By way of comparison, the county’s rate in November 2018 was 2.7% or four-tenths of a percent higher than the 11th month of 2019.

Indiana’s 3.2% November rate was lower than all of its immediate neighboring states. Those other states’ rates were Ohio, 4.2% (unchanged); Kentucky, 4.4% (up from 4.3%); Michigan, 4.0% (down from 4.1%); and Illinois, 3.8% (down from 3.9%). Other favorable Midwest rates in November were Minnesota, 3.3% (up from 3.2%), and Wisconsin, 3.3% (unchanged).

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