Unemployment rate slightly up in November

The county’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly last month, but still is significantly lower than a year ago.

Johnson County’s rate was 3.8 percent in November, slightly up from the rate of 3.6 percent in October.

But significantly fewer local residents were out of work, compared to the same time in 2014, when the unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The state unemployment rate stayed the same at 4.4 percent, compared to November 2014 when 5.9 percent of residents were out of work.

The state’s rate is the lowest since 2001, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

“Unemployment in the Hoosier state continues to be at its lowest levels in more than a decade,” Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said in a news release. “Meanwhile, Indiana continues to lead the Midwest in labor force growth by a significant amount.”

In Greenwood, the unemployment rate was 4 percent, down from 5.4 percent in 2014. Across central Indiana, Greenwood had one of the higher unemployment rates when compared to other cities with a population of more than 25,000, the report said.

Cities including Carmel, Zionsville and Fishers had rates of about 3 percent, while Indianapolis had a rate of 4.6 percent.

By the numbers

Here is a look at the unemployment rate last month, compared to the year before:

Johnson County

November 2015: 3.8

November 2014: 5.1

Boone County

November 2015: 3.6

November 2014: 4.5

Hamilton County

November 2015: 3.3

November 2014: 4.3

Hancock County

November 2015: 3.9

November 2014: 5.2

Hendricks County

November 2015: 3.6

November 2014: 4.8

Marion County

November 2015: 4.6

November 2014: 6.3

Morgan County

November 2015: 4.3

November 2014: 5.5

Shelby County

November 2015: 4

November 2014: 5.6

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.