Employment Improves In All 5 SEI Counties

Posted On August 21, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

unemployment-graphic-small.jpg(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Despite gaining 9,900 private sector jobs, Indiana’s statewide unemployment rate held steady at 5.9 percent in July.

Most of July’s new private sector jobs were in manufacturing, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which released new monthly employment data Monday. County and local numbers were released on Tuesday.

Indiana followed up a record-breaking June by adding nearly 10,000 more private sector jobs in July,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “The Hoosier labor force has also grown by over 54,000 individuals in the past year at a rate that is more than eight times larger than the national rate of growth during the same time period, which is quite remarkable.”

Compared to neighboring states, Indiana’s 5.9 percent was the second lowest jobless rate to Ohio’s 5.7 percent. Illinois checked in at 6.8 percent, followed by Kentucky’s 7.4 percent and Michigan’s 7.7 percent.

Locally, unemployment fell in each of our five local southeast Indiana counties from June. Switzerland County’s 5.0 percent unemployment was the lowest in the region. Ripley and Ohio counties tied for the highest at 6.2 percent.

Dearborn County was on par with the state at 5.9 percent. Franklin County was at 5.3.


COUNTY JULY 2013 JUNE 2014 JULY 2014
Dearborn 7.3 6.0 5.9
Franklin 7.2 5.6 5.3
Ohio 7.4 6.3 6.2
Ripley 8.2 6.7 6.2
Switzerland 6.5 5.5 5.0
Indiana (seasonally adjusted) 7.6 5.9 5.9

   Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development