County’s unemployment rate falls to 2.4 percent

Jackson County’s unemployment rate fell to 2.4 percent in April from 2.6 percent in March, according to the newest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

In April, 539 people from a workforce of 22,556 were looking for work. In April 2017, 537 people out of a workforce of 22,119 were looking for work.

The county rate in April was lower than the state’s 2.9 percent rate and the nation’s 3.7 percent rate.

Jackson County (77th) along with Whitley (80th), Wells (79th), Martin (78th) and Hendricks (76th) had the fourth lowest rate in the state in April. LaGrange, Elkhart and Dubois counties were tied for the lowest rates at 2 percent each, and Vermillion County had the highest rate at 8 percent.

Other area counties, their rates and rankings are Bartholomew 2.2 percent (85th); Brown 2.6 percent (61st); Monroe 3 percent (41st); Washington 3.1 percent (38th); Jennings 3.2 percent (29th); Lawrence 3.3 percent (27th); and Scott 3.5 percent (16th).