County unemployment rate at 3.1%


Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 3.1% in July, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 23,424 county residents were on the job in July, 823 more than in July 2021 when 22,601 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 3.6%.

The July rate, which is preliminary, rose from the June final rate, which was 2.8%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in July of this year was 737, compared to the 704 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 24,161 in July, which is 856 more than labor force of 23,305 the same month in 2021.

The county’s unemployment rate for July was lower than the state’s rate of 3.5% and the national rate of 3.8%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for July were Bartholomew, 1.9%; Brown, 3.2%; Jennings, 3.3%; Lawrence, 3.7%; Monroe, 3.7%; Scott, 3.7%; and Washington, 3.1%.

Boone County had the lowest rate in the state at 2.4% in July, and Howard County had the highest at 5.7%.

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