County unemployment rate remains unchanged at 2.9%


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

Overall, 23,043 county residents were on the job during the month. That’s 53 more than in March 2022 when 22,910 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time also was 2.9%.

The March rate, which is preliminary, also remained unchanged from February’s final rate of 2.9%.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in March was 696, compared to the 694 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,739 in March, which is 135 more than labor force of 23,604 during the same month in 2022.

The county’s unemployment rate for March was lower than the state’s rate of 3.1% and the national rate of 3.6%.

Other nearby counties and their unemployment rates for March were Bartholomew, 3.0%; Brown, 3.6%; Jennings, 4.2%; Lawrence, 4.3%; Monroe, 3.2%; Scott, 3.6%; and Washington, 3.2%.

Gibson County had the lowest rate in the state at 2.3% in March, and Lake County had the highest at 5.4%.

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