County’s unemployment drops to 4.2%


Jackson County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.2% in October, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Overall, 20,943 county residents were on the job in October, which is 1,496 fewer than in October 2019 when 22,439 people had jobs. The jobless rate at that time was 2.3%.

The number of county residents looking for work in October of this year was 927. During the same month a year earlier, 529 were job hunting.

The county’s labor force in October was 21,870, which is 1,098 less than in the same month in 2019.

The county’s unemployment rate for October of this year is lower than the state’s rate of 4.8% and the national rate of 6.6%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for October were Bartholomew, 3.8%; Brown, 4.2%; Jennings, 4.5%; Lawrence, 4.7%; Monroe, 4.0%; Scott, 5.1%; and Washington, 4.3%.

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