County jobless rate up

The unemployment rate for Johnson County in October was slightly higher than the previous month, breaking several consecutive months of decline in the jobless rate.

Last month, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in September. But that is still much lower than the 5.6 unemployment rate in October 2013, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The labor force for the county continues to grow, which economic experts have said is a good sign that the number of people looking for work and being able to find it is increasing.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 5.3 percent last month, which was slightly higher than 5.1 percent in September. In October 2013, the statewide rate was

6.9 percent, the state report said.

By the numbers

Here is a look at October unemployment report for Johnson County and others in central Indiana:

Johnson County

October 2013: 5.6 percent

October 2014: 4.6 percent.

Boone County

October 2013: 5.4 percent

October 2014: 4.2 percent.

Hamilton County

October 2013: 5.0 percent

October 2014: 4.0 percent.

Hancock County

October 2013: 5.8 percent

October 2014: 4.5 percent.

Hendricks County

October 2013: 5.3 percent

October 2014: 4.5 percent.

Marion County

October 2013: 7.2 percent

October 2014: 5.6 percent.

Morgan County

October 2013: 6.2 percent

October 2014: 4.7 percent.

Shelby County

October 2013: 5.9 percent

October 2014: 4.8 percent.

Source: Indiana  Department of Workforce Development