August unemployment rate increases slightly

Johnson County’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month.

The August rate was 3.8 percent, which was up from the last month and last year.

In July, the rate was 3.5 percent. And in August 2015, the rate was 3.7 percent, according to a monthly report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The same trend was true for counties across central Indiana.

Across the state and nation, the rate was down slightly.

The national rate was 4.9 percent, the same as in July, and down from a rate of 5.1 percent in August 2015, according to the report.

The state rate was 4.5 percent, which was down from a rate of 4.6 percent in July and in August 2015, the report said.

By the numbers

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

County;August 2015 rate;August 2016 rate

Boone;3.5 percent;3.4 percent

Hamilton;3.4 percent;3.1 percent

Hancock;4 percent;3.8 percent

Hendricks;3.6 percent;3.5 percent

Johnson;3.8 percent;3.7 percent

Marion;4.7 percent;4.7 percent

Morgan;4.2 percent;4.1 percent

Shelby;4 percent;4 percent

SOURCE: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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