Dubois County Again Has Lowest Unemployment Rate; State Numbers Same as Month Ago

Dubois County has once again taken over the top sport as the with the state lowest unemployment rate.

After sharing the lead with Hamilton County in June Dubois County’s July unemployment rate dropped a half percent from the previous month to 5.7 percent, which is two tenths of a percent less than runner-up Hamilton County, according to figures released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The Department says Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 8.4 percent in July, which continues to be a stark contrast to the ongoing sizable job growth.

For the fourth month in a row the state’s private sector has experienced significant growth, as July’s job gains totaled 5,900.

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities and Professional & Business Services sectors far outweighed losses in the Construction and Manufacturing sectors. The report says the Hoosier State has now added over 203,000 private sector jobs in the last 4 years, the low point of employment in Indiana, and has grown jobs in 40 out of the past 43 months.

Locally, each of Dubois neighboring counties saw at least some kind of a fall in July.

Daviess County picked up three spots to third place in lowest unemployment with a drop of 7 tenths of a percent at 6.3 percent. Martin County’s rate fell a half a percent at 6.4 good for fourth lowest. Spencer fell to 7 and a half percent, Pike dropped nearly a full percent to an even 8. Perry County’s rate dropped 1 tenth to 8 point 1. Orange and Crawford County fell to 8.9 and 9.3 respectively.

Fayette County had the state’s highest unemoployment rate in July at 11.3 percent.