Local unemployment down from last year

The local unemployment rate fell in July and was below the rate from the same time last year.

Last month, Johnson County’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent. Last July, the rate was 3.9 percent, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The rate also was lower than it had been in June, the report said.

Across central Indiana, the rate dropped in all counties, falling lower than it had been last July.

The statewide and national rates also fell and were lower than they were a year ago, the report said.

The decrease in the state unemployment rate is due to more Hoosiers finding work and more leaving the workforce, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

“Indiana’s labor force has been trending positively throughout the last three years, which demonstrates confidence among Hoosier jobseekers as they secure gainful employment. The corresponding contraction of the applicant pool is also increasing employer demand for workers with the right skills and training,” Steven J. Braun, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said in the release.

By the numbers

Here is a look at the unemployment rate last month, compared to the same time a year ago:

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SOURCE: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.