County jobless rate on decline

Johnson County continues its streak of having a lower unemployment rate than the state.

The unemployment rate in the county dropped to 3.6 percent in October, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Nearly 2,000 more residents have jobs compared with October 2014, the employment report said. More than 74,000 residents were employed as of last month.

Johnson County joins central Indiana counties Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Morgan and Shelby in having an unemployment rate that is below the state’s rate of 4.2 percent for October.

Statewide, 3.1 million Hoosiers were employed in October, the report said. More than 63,000 additional Indiana residents were working this October as compared with October 2014.

Indiana’s statewide unemployment rate is lower than the national rate of 4.8 percent, the report said.

By the numbers

Here’s a look at the unemployment rates for central Indiana counties in October:

Johnson County

October 2014: 4.8 percent

October 2015: 3.6 percent

Boone County

October 2014: 4.3

October 2015: 3.3

Hamilton County

October 2014: 4.0

October 2015: 3.0

Hancock County

October 2014: 4.8

October 2015: 3.6

Hendricks County

October 2014: 4.5

October 2015: 3.4

Madison County

October 2014: 6.5

October 2015: 4.7

Marion County

October 2014: 6.1

October 2015: 4.4

Morgan County

October 2014: 5.2

October 2015: 4.0

Shelby County

October 2014: 5.2

October 2015: 3.8

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development