County unemployment rate down from past year

Johnson County had one of the lowest unemployment numbers statewide in February at nearly one percentage point below the Hoosier average.

Less than 3,500 residents, or 4.5 percent of the population, are unemployed in Johnson County, according to the Indiana Department of Workplace Development. A report from the department said the Hoosier unemployment rate average for February was 5.4 percent, or about 180,000 people.

Johnson County’s labor force has grown since February 2015, when the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. More than 74,000 residents were employed as of last month, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Statewide, more than 3.1 million are employed out of the 3.3 million people in the workforce, according to the state.

The majority of central Indiana counties, including Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks and Johnson counties, have unemployment rates below the state average.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is higher than the overall national average of 5.2 percent, according to state workforce development.

By the numbers

Johnson County

February 2016: 4.5 percent

February 2015: 4.7 percent

Percentage change: -0.2 percent

Boone County

February 2016: 4.2 percent

February 2015: 4.2 percent

Percentage change: 0.0 percent

Hamilton County

February 2016: 3.7 percent

February 2015: 3.7 percent

Percentage change: 0.0 percent

Hancock County

February 2016: 4.8 percent

February 2015: 5.0 percent

Percentage change: -0.2 percent

Hendricks County

February 2016: 4.2 percent

February 2015: 4.3 percent

Percentage change: -0.1 percent

Madison County

February 2016: 6.5 percent

February 2015: 6.9 percent

Percentage change: -0.4 percent

Marion County

February 2016: 5.3 percent

February 2015: 5.8 percent

Percentage change: -0.5 percent

Morgan County

February 2016: 5.5 percent

February 2015: 5.7 percent

Percentage change: -0.2 percent

Shelby County

February 2016: 5.4 percent

February 2015: 5.4 percent

Percentage change: 0.0 percent

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics