County jobless rate falls below 5 percent

The county’s unemployment rate fell below 5 percent last month.

In March, Johnson County’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent, from 5.2 percent in February. Last month’s rate was also down from 5.4 percent in March 2014, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Other counties across central Indiana also had lower rates last month. But some were lower than Johnson County, including Hamilton County, which reached 4 percent.

Statewide, the rate also dropped, dipping below 6 percent, compared with 6.6 percent a year earlier.

The statewide unemployment rate has dropped by more than 2 percentage points in the past two years, and more than 260,000 jobs have been added since 2009, according to a news release from the department of workforce development.

Statewide, more than 3,800 jobs were added last month in trade, transportation and utilities, manufacturing and leisure and hospitality. More than 5,900 jobs were lost in professional and business services, financial activities and construction, the release said.

By the numbers

Here is a look at unemployment rates across central Indiana:

Johnson County

March 2015: 4.9

February 2015: 5.2

March 2014: 5.4

Boone County

March 2015: 4.5

February 2015: 4.7

March 2014: 5

Hamilton County

March 2015: 4

February 2015: 4.1

March 2014: 4.4

Hancock County

March 2015: 5.2

February 2015: 5.4

March 2014: 5.7

Hendricks County

March 2015: 4.6

February 2015: 4.8

March 2014: 5.1

Marion County

March 2015: 6.1

February 2015: 6.3

March 2014: 7

Morgan County

March 2015: 6

February 2015: 6.3

March 2014: 6.7

Shelby County

March 2015: 5.5

February 2015: 5.8

March 2014: 6.2

SOURCE: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.