The success story of job growth in Jackson County has been spread out over several months, capped so far by a report for the month of October which indicated 967 new jobs have been created over the same period as was reported a year ago. Many of those were in the manufacturing sector.
That piece of good news was balanced a bit by news that Jackson County’s October unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 5.6 to 5.7 percent, despite the number of employed people increasing by 119 when compared to September. Overall, though, that rate is an improvement over the past four years since the start of the Great Recession.
The October statistics are in keeping with the steady improvement in local employment numbers that have been sustained over a period of several years. While many Midwestern areas are still struggling to rebuild their economies in a tepid national recovery, our geographic area — bolstered by continuing good economic news in neighboring Bartholomew County as well — has been able to create significantly more employment opportunities.
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