Jackson County unemployment rate drops from August to September

Jackson County’s unemployment rate dipped from 4.0 percent August to 3.6 percent in September, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s latest report.

That report, released Monday, showed the county’s estimated rate in September was a 0.1 percent higher than the county’s 3.5 rate in September 2015.

In September of this year, the number of people on the job was reported to be 21,540 or 568 more than the same month in 2015.

In that month, 750 people from a work force of 21,722 reported that they were looking for work. In September of this year, 796 people from a work force of 22,336 were looking for a job.

Jackson County’s rate in September was the 74th lowest in the state. Dubois County had the lowest rate among 92 counties at 3.0 while Lake County had the highest at 6.0.

Other counties in south central Indiana, their rates and rankings are: Bartholomew, 3.1 (90th); Brown 3.3 (82nd); Washington 4.1 (48th); Monroe 4.3 (38th); Jennings, 4.3 (36th); Scott, 4.5 (27th); and Lawrence 5.1 (11th).

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.