County unemployment rate rises

More than 4,200 people in Johnson County were unemployed in January, with the county’s unemployment rate rising slightly from a year earlier.

The county’s unemployment rate hit 5.6 percent in January, up from 5.3 percent unemployment 13 months ago, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Although 367 more people were unemployed in January than a year earlier, Johnson County’s unemployment rate is well below the state average of 6.7 percent. In addition to Johnson County, another 48 counties were lower than the state’s average.

More than 83,000 people joined the Indiana workforce since January 2014, the report said.

Indiana’s unemployment rate was higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Statewide, 218,457 Hoosiers were unemployed as of January, the report said.

By the numbers

Here’s a look at the unemployment rates for the county:

Johnson County

January 2015, unemployed: 4,263

January 2015, employed: 71,407

Unemployment rate: 5.6 percent

January 2014, unemployed: 3,896

January 2014, employed: 69,734

Unemployment rate: 5.3 percent