A full one percent increase has resulted in Dubois County’s long rein as the county with the state’s lowest unemployment rate coming to an end.
Monday morning, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development announced the state’s unemployment numbers for the month of January. Statewide, Indiana’s unemployment rate rose 3 tenths of a percent to 8.6 percent, in January, even though the state added 8,200 private-sector jobs during the month.
The Department of Workforce Development says that the rate increased from a revised 8.3 percent in January, as more than 10,000 unemployed Hoosiers returned to the labor force to search for work. Indiana’s unemployment rate hasn’t jumped that much in nearly four years, when it climbed to 10.6 percent in April 2009 from 10.2 percent the previous month.
Still, January’s job growth marked the 19th consecutive month that Indiana has added jobs.
Dubois County’s January unemployment rate is up a full percent from December to 6.9 percent, knocking Dubois County from the top spot of counties with the lowest unemployment, a position it’s held for the last 9 months. Hamilton County, on the north side of Indianapolis, now leads the state as Dubois County is now in second.
Other counties around the area include Daviess County who remains third in the state overall at 7.1 percent an increase of 7 tenths of a percent. Martin County who also rose 7 tenths of a percent is fourth.
The state is set to announce February’s unemployment statistics on March 29.