County unemployment rate at 1.9%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 1.9% in September, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 22,881 county residents were on the job in September. That’s 491 more than in September 2021 when 22,390 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 2.5%.

The September rate, which is preliminary, fell from the final August rate, which was 2.6%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in September of this year was 352, compared to the 396 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,325 in September, which is 369 more than labor force of 22,390 during the same month in 2021.

The county’s unemployment rate for September was lower than the state’s rate of 2.2% and the national rate of 3.3%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for September were Bartholomew, 1.8%; Brown, 2.2%; Jennings, 2.1%; Lawrence, 2.4%; Monroe, 1.9%; Scott, 2.3%; and Washington, 1.9%.

Boone County had the lowest rate in the state at 1.5% in September, and Howard County had the highest at 4%.