County unemployment drops to 2.3% in April


Jackson County’s unemployment rate stood at 2.3% in April, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report released Monday.

Overall, 22,782 county residents were on the job during the month. That’s 231 less than in April 2022 when 23,013 county residents were working. The jobless rate at that time was 2.4%.

The April rate, which is preliminary, was 0.7% lower than the final March rate.

The number of county residents reporting they were looking for work in April was 525, compared to 561 who were looking for work during the same month a year earlier.

The county’s labor force was 23,307 in April, which is 267 less than labor force of 23,574 during the same month in 2022.

The county’s unemployment rate for April was lower than the state’s rate of 2.6% and the national rate of 3.1%.

Other nearby counties and their preliminary unemployment rates for April were Bartholomew, 2.5%; Brown, 3.6%; Jennings, 2.8%; Lawrence, 3.1%; Monroe, 2.4%; Scott, 2.7%; and Washington, 2.4%.

Gibson County had the lowest rate in the state at 1.9% in April, and Howard County had the highest at 4.4%.

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