Local jobless rate nearly 1 percent better than July 2014

Johnson County’s unemployment rate stayed steady last month.

In July, 4 percent of local workers were unemployed, a slight drop from a rate of 4.1 percent in June.

But the rate was a percentage point down from 5 percent in July 2014, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The decrease was the same for counties across central Indiana. All had a rate lower than 5 percent last month, and Hamilton County had a rate under 4 percent, the release said.

Only 17 counties in the state had an unemployment rate lower than Johnson County last month, according to a ranking by the state.

A total of about 3,100 people were without work last month. Nearly 75,000 were listed as employed out of the county’s workforce of about 78,000 people, the release said.

At the same time last year, the workforce was more than 76,000, and more than 72,000 were employed, the report said.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, a drop from the 5.8 percent rate in July 2014. The U.S. unemployment rate stayed the same as June at 5.3 percent but was down nearly a percentage point from July 2014.

By the numbers

Here is a look at unemployment numbers:

U.S.

July 2015: 5.3

June 2015: 5.3

July 2014: 6.2

Indiana

July 2015: 4.7

June 2015: 4.9

July 2014: 5.8

Boone County

July 2015: 3.7

June 2015: 3.8

July 2014: 4.6

Hamilton County

July 2015: 3.4

June 2015: 3.5

July 2014: 4.2

Hancock County

July 2015: 4.1

June 2015: 4.1

July 2014: 5.1

Hendricks County

July 2015: 3.8

June 2015: 3.9

July 2014: 4.7

Johnson County

July 2015: 4

June 2015: 4.1

July 2014: 5

Marion County

July 2015: 4.9

June 2015: 4.9

July 2014: 6.5

Morgan County

July 2015: 4.4

June 2015: 4.5

July 2014: 5.6

Shelby County

July 2015: 4.2

June 2015: 4.2

July 2014: 5.5

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.