County jobless rate on the decline

The county’s unemployment rate continues to drop, staying below the state average.

Johnson County’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in December, slightly lower than the rate of 3.8 from November.

The state unemployment rate for December was 4.6 percent. And of the 92 Indiana counties, Johnson County ranks ninth lowest. Indiana’s unemployment rate of 4.6 percent also was below the national average in December as well. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in December.

Since December 2014, more than 2,500 Johnson County residents have found jobs and joined the labor force, contributing to the decrease in the unemployment rate, according to a report provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

“Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to be at its lowest level in more than a decade,” Steven J. Braun, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said in a news release.

In Greenwood, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in December 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 and Fishers maintained their unemployment rates of about 3 percent from November 2015, while Zionsville’s dropped to 2.8 percent. Indianapolis had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, according to the report.

By the numbers

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

Johnson County

December 2015: 3.7

December 2014: 3.8

Boone County

December 2015: 3.6

December 2014: 3.6

Hamilton County

December 2015: 3.1

December 2014: 3.3

Hancock County

December 2015: 3.8

December 2014: 3.9

Hendricks County

December 2015: 3.5

December 2014: 3.6

Marion County

December 2015: 4.5

December 2014: 4.6

Morgan County

December 2015: 4.3

December 2014: 4.3

Shelby County

December 2015: 4.1

December 2014: 4.0

SOURCE: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.