County by County Unemployment Figures for August Released

County by county unemployment numbers for the month of August have been released and after a quick one month hiatus Dubois County has made a return to the top spot as far as counties with the state’s lowest unemployment rate.

Numbers released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development say that despite an increase of 4 tenths of a percent from July, Dubois County was tied with Elkhart County in August at an even 3 percent.

Statewide Indiana’s unemployment rate rose to 3 and a half percent in August and was below the national rate of 4.4 percent last month. Indiana’s August jobless rate compared with one of 3.1 percent in July.

Indiana’s labor force increased by 4,615 from the previous month due to an 8,007 decrease in employment and a 12,622 increase in unemployment. Indiana’s total labor force is nearly 3.34 million and the state had a 64.4 percent labor force participation rate.

The state notes that Indiana’s initial and ongoing unemployment insurance claims are at historical lows, in line with earlier reports.

Now locally as we mentioned Dubois County is once again back in top as far those counties with the state’s lowest unemployment marks.

Despite a rise of 4 tenths last month Dubois was tied with Elkhart County at an even 3 percent.

Neighboring Daviess County saw a half percent increase to 3.3 percent. Martin County came in at 3 and a half percent. Warrick 3.6, Spencer 3.8. Orange County was at 4.1 percent, Pike 4.2. Crawford and Perry County’s July unemployment rate both came in at 4 and a half percent.

All local counties saw an increase except Perry who remained steady.

Vermilllion County north of Terre Haute once again had the state highest unemployment mark in August at 5.8 percent.

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