Indiana Unemployment In October Was 3.5%

Most southeastern Indiana counties have unemployment rates below four percent.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Southeastern Indiana’s unemployment rate remained very low in October, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The statewide jobless rate last month was 3.5 percent, the exact same as September and October of 2017. Indiana was again below the national rate of 3.7 percent and the lowest among all neighboring states.

In our five-county region, unemployment ranged from 3.2 percent in Ohio County up to 4.0 percent in Switzerland County.

According to the DWD, “Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 5,303 over the previous month. This was a result of a 2,411 increase in unemployed residents and an increase of 2,892 employed residents. Indiana's total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.1 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.9 percent.”

Southeastern Indiana Unemployment Figures

 COUNTY October 2018 September 2018 October 2017
 Dearborn  3.6%  3.2%  3.5%
 Franklin  3.7%  3.3%  3.3%
 Ohio  3.2%  3.0%  3.3%
 Ripley  3.8%  3.1%  3.3%
 Switzerland  4.0%  3.6%  3.6%
 Indiana (seasonally adjusted)  3.5%  3.5%  3.5%
 U.S. (seasonally adjusted)  3.7%  3.7%  4.1%

   Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development  

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