County unemployment rate at 2.4%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 2.4% in November, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 22,862 county residents were on the job in November. That’s 308 more than in November 2021 when 22,554 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 1.8%.

The November rate, which is preliminary, decreased from the October final rate, which was 2.5%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in November of this year was 557, compared to the 416 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,419 in November, which is 449 more than labor force of 22,970 during the same month in 2021.

The county’s unemployment rate for November was lower than the state’s rate of 3% and the national rate of 3.7%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for November were Bartholomew, 2.3%; Brown, 2.7%; Jennings, 2.8%; Lawrence, 3.2%; Monroe, 2.6%; Scott, 3%; and Washington, 2.4%.

Adams, Boone and Steuben counties had the lowest rates in the state at 2% in November, and Howard County had the highest at 4.8%.