County’s unemployment rate at 4%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 4% in March, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest reported released Monday.

Overall, 22,360 county residents were on the job in March, which is 132 more than in March 2020 when 22,228 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 2.8%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in March of this year was 943. During the same month a year earlier, 636 were job hunting.

The county’s labor force in March was 23,303, which is 439 more than in the same month in 2020.

The county’s unemployment rate for March was lower than the state’s rate of 4.7% and the national rate of 6.2%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for March were Bartholomew, 3.8%; Brown, 4.6%; Jennings, 5%; Lawrence, 4.7%; Monroe, 4.1%; Scott, 4.9%; and Washington, 4.5%.

LaGrange, Daviess and Adams counties had the lowest rates in the state at 3%, and Lake County had the highest at 7.6%.