Jackson County’s unemployment rate falls slightly

Jackson County’s unemployment rate fell from 4 percent in January to 3.9 percent in February, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report.

According to that report, 842 people from a workforce of 21,822 were looking for work in February. In January, 869 people from a workforce of 22,899 were looking for work.

A year ago in February, 908 people or 4.1 percent from a workforce of 21,098 were looking for work.

Overall, Jackson County’s rate in February was lower than the state unemployment rate of 4.7 and the nation’s rate of 4.9. Just 10 Hoosier counties had lower rates than Jackson County, including Elkhart County, which had the lowest rate in the state at 3.3 percent. Newton County had the highest rate at 7.5 percent.

Other rates in south-central Indiana include Bartholomew County 3.6; Monroe 4.6; Brown 4.8; Scott 4.9; Washington 4.9; Jennings 5.6; and Lawrence 6.3.