County jobless rate declines to 5%

Jackson County’s unemployment rate fell by a half-percentage point to 5 percent from February to March.

It’s the second time since July 2008 — just before the recession began — that the county’s rate was 5 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The other time was in December.

The drop puts an end to a two-month slide that saw the rate rise to 5.3 percent in January and 5.5 percent in February. February’s number was revised from a preliminary report of 5.4 percent.

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