County’s jobless rate up slightly

Jackson County’s unemployment rate grew 0.5 percent from July to August, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The county’s estimated unemployment rate in August was 3.4 percent, up from July’s adjusted rate of 2.9 percent, according to the report released Monday. In August 2016, the county’s rate was 3.8 percent.

The nation’s rate in August was 4.4 percent, while Indiana’s rate was 3.5.

The number of people looking for work in the county was 782, up 106 from July but down from 847 in August 2016. The county’s total workforce was 23,017 in August, up from 22,408 in August 2016.

The county had the 80th lowest rate in the state in August. Other nearby counties, their rates and rankings are Bartholomew, 3.1 percent, 89th; Brown, 3.7 percent, 59th; Washington, 4.3 percent, 31st; Jennings, 4.3 percent, 28th; Monroe, 4.6 percent, 15th; and Lawrence, 4.9 percent, ninth.

Elkhart County had the lowest rate in the state at 3 percent in August, while Vermillion County had the highest at 5.8.