Local unemployment numbers were released on Wednesday.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to fall.
According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the state’s jobless rate dropped to 4.3 percent in December, down from 5.1 percent in November.
Indiana’s unemployment rate is well below the national rate of 6.7 percent.
The state’s total labor force currently stands at 3.39 million, and Indiana’s 64 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 61.5 percent.
Among neighboring states, Indiana had the best unemployment rate in December. In the tri-state, Ohio’s jobless rate was 5.5 percent last month, while Kentucky’s stood at 6.0 percent.
Locally, Franklin and Ripley counties had the best unemployment rate in December at 3.1 percent. Dearborn County was next at 3.6 percent, followed by Ohio County at 3.7 percent, and Switzerland County at 4.5 percent.