Dubois County Unemployment Rises; Tied for Lowest in State

Unemployment in Dubois County rose over the last month, but the county is tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state.

Statewide, Indiana’s unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent from May to 8.4 percent for June. The biggest job creators statewide last month were manufacturing, which gained 4,300 jobs (the largest one month increase since August of 2004), and trade, transportation, and utilities, which gained 4,200 jobs. The 4,300 manufacturing jobs created in Indiana was the most across the country and the 4,200 jobs created in trade transportation and utilities was the 5th most across the country.

Sectors with declines included Construction, which lost 2,600 jobs and Professional and Business Services, which lost 1,900 jobs. Overall, private sector employment grew by 5,300 jobs in the month of June. Private sector employment is now at 2,518,600 jobs, which is the highest its been since June of 2008 when 2,530,600 people were employed in Indiana’s private sector.

Locally, Dubois County’s unemployment rate in the month of June is at 6.2 percent, tied with Hamilton County for the lowest in the state. As mentioned earlier, Dubois County’s unemployment rate did rise by half of a percent over May’s unemployment number. For other counties across our listening area:

Martin County; 5th lowest in the state (6.9 percent) up 4 tenths of a percent

Daviess County: 6th lowest in the state (7 percent) up 8 tenths of a percent

Spencer County: 7.9 percent up 7 tenths of a percent

Perry County; 8.2 percent up 3 tenths of a percent

Pike County: 8.9 percent up 7 tenths of a percent

Crawford County: 10 percent up 5 tenths of a percent

Orange County: 9.2 percent up 3 tenths of a percent.

Among Indiana’s neighboring states, Ohio’s unemployment rate is at 7.2 percent, Kentucky is at 8.4 percent unemployment, Michigan is at 8.7 percent and Illinois is at 9.2 percent.