County by county unemployment numbers for the month of October were released earlier this afternoon and despite an increase of just 1/10 of a percent, Dubois County once again is heads and shoulders above all Indiana counties with the state’s lowest unemployment rate.
Despite the slight increase Dubois’ October rate remained under the 3 percent mark at 2.9 percent, 1/10 of a percentage point ahead of Indianapolis suburb Hamilton County who also saw an increase of one tenth to and even 3 percent.
Statewide Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent last month giving the state its lowest jobless rate since August 2001.
The state Department of Workforce Development says Indiana’s jobless mark fell by 1/10 of a percentage point in October from September. The national unemployment rate stood at 5 percent for October.
Indiana and Ohio were tied last month for the lowest unemployment rate in the Midwest.
Federal figures show about 144,000 Indiana resident were still looking for work last month.
Indiana’s unemployment rate has been below 5 percent since June and has been at its lowest levels since before the national recession started in 2008.
Indiana has added 90,000 jobs since January 2013.
Now locally as we mentioned Dubois County once again leads the way with the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.9 percent despite an increase of 1/10 of a percent.
Daviess County saw an increase of 2 tenths of a percent to 3.4 percent. Warrick County is up 1 tenth to 3 and a half percent. Spencer and Pike Counties rates spiked 2 tenths to 3.7 percent.
Martin remained steady at 3.6, Perry is up 1 tenth to an even 4 percent. Crawford is up 3 tenths to 4.9 and Orange County’s October unemployment rate rose 2 tenths to 5.2 percent.
Vermillion County once again had the state’s highest unemployment rate last month at 6.4 percent.