The local unemployment rate ticked up slightly last month, but an expert said the numbers aren’t concerning yet.
In Johnson County, the unemployment rate in June was 7.1 percent, a slight increase from the rate of 6.9 percent in May. Counties across the state had similar small increases, and the state rate also increased, to 8 percent from 7.9 percent in May, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
University of Indianapolis finance professor Matt Will called the uptick a random fluctuation and said the increase doesn’t mean much unless it becomes part of a trend over time.
“I would not read too much into a one-month increase. If it becomes a two- or three-month increase, then I would be concerned,” Will said.