County unemployment rate at 2.6%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 2.6% in August, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 23,085 county residents were on the job in August. That’s 704 more than in August 2021 when 22,381 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time also was 2.6%.

The August rate, which is preliminary, fell from the July final rate, which was 3%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in August of this year was 613, compared to the 607 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,968 in August, which is 970 more than labor force of 22,998 during the same month in 2021.

The county’s unemployment rate for August was lower than the state’s rate of 2.8% and the national rate of 3.1%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for August were Bartholomew, 2.4%; Brown, 2.9%; Jennings, 2.9%; Lawrence, 3.9%; Monroe, 2.8%; Scott, 3.3%; and Washington, 2.6%.

Ohio County had the lowest rate in the state at 2% in August, and Howard County had the highest at 6.9%.