County unemployment rate at 2.9%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 2.9% in September, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 22,716 county residents were on the job in September, which is 617 more than in September 2020 when 22,099 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 4.8% because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in September of this year was 670, compared to the 1,103 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,395 in September, which is 193 more than the same month in 2020.

The county’s unemployment rate for September was lower than the state’s rate of 4% and the national rate of 4.8%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for June were Bartholomew, 2.7%; Brown, 2.9%; Jennings, 3.5%; Lawrence, 3.4%; Monroe, 2.7%; Scott, 4.1%; and Washington, 2.9%.

LaGrange County had the lowest rate in the state at 2%, and Howard County had the highest at 6.7%.