County’s unemployment rate rises


Jackson County’s unemployment rate rose from 2.4 percent in April to an estimated 2.7 percent in May, according to the most recent report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

That report shows that in May, 618 people out of a workforce of 22,961 were looking for work. In April, 538 people out of a workforce of 22,536 were looking for work.

In May 2017, 616, or 2.7 percent, out of a workforce of 22,488 were unemployed.

The state rate in May was 3.2 percent, while the national rate was 3.6 percent.

Overall, Jackson County was tied for the fifth lowest rate among the state’s 92 counties. LaGrange County had the lowest at 2.3 percent, and Vermillion had the highest at 4.6 percent.

Other counties in south central Indiana, their rates and rankings are Bartholomew, 2.5 percent (88th lowest); Brown, 2.9 percent (59th); Washington, 3.2 percent (46th); Jennings, 3.4 percent (32nd); Scott, 3.7 percent (16th); Monroe, 3.7 percent (15th); and Lawrence, 3.7 percent (13th).

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