August unemployment numbers are now out and Dubois County once again has the lowest unemployment rate in the state of Indiana.
Statewide, data released this morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development shows that Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped three tenths of a percent from July to 8.1 percent for the month of August. That marks the largest one month decline in unemployment rate since January of 2011. In spite of that positive news, state officials say Indiana’s private sector lost 2,900 jobs in August as losses in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector (which accounted for 4,900 lost jobs) as well as in the construction sector (which lost 1,900 jobs in August) offset gains made in manufacturing, private education and health services (each category gained 3,000 jobs) and financial activities (which gained 900 jobs). Business services also suffered, losing 1,800 jobs in August, and the leisure and hospitality sector also suffered a decline, losing 300 jobs. Total non-farm employment did increase in August though, showing a gain of 6,500 jobs. Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Scott Sanders says though the decrease in unemployment is encouraging, too many Hoosiers remain unemployed. He says it is critical that the state starts getting people on the path to reemployment as soon as possible.
As mentioned earlier, Dubois County once again had the lowest unemployment rate in the state (5.1 percent in August), a decrease of 6 tenths of a percent from July. All of Dubois’ surrounding counties saw a significant decrease in their unemployment rates for the month of August. These are:
Daviess: 5.5 percent (down 8 tenths from July) 3rd lowest in the state
Martin: 5.9 percent (down half a percent from July) 6th lowest in the state
Orange: 8.1 percent (down 8 tenths of a percent from July)
Crawford: 8.5 percent (down 8 tenths of a percent from July)
Perry: 7.4 percent (down 7 tenths of a percent from July)
Spencer: 6.6 percent (down 9 tenths of a percent from July)
Pike: 7.3 percent (down 7 tenths of a percent from July)