Mercer County still has the lowest rate of unemployment in the state


IN remains lower than the national average, reporting a 3.4 unemployment percentage, which is a full percentage improvement compared to last year's report for the month of July. Miami County had the 27th highest at 3.7 percent; Tipton County was ranked at number 79 with a 2.9 percent rate.

St. Lawrence County has the highest unemployment rate in the state according to recent numbers released by the state department of labor.

Mercer County's rate for July was 3.5 percent, which was virtually unchanged from June.

The State of Ohio as a whole only increased.1%. from 5.4 in June to 5.5 in July
The State of Ohio as a whole only increased.1%. from 5.4 in June to 5.5 in July

Here in Northwest Indiana unemployment rates continued to rise in July, after plummeting this spring.

Overall, Indiana had a seasonally-adjusted July unemployment rate of 3.1 percent, a drop from 4.5 percent one year earlier and a slight increase from 3 percent in June. The lowest rate in our area was in Ripley County, where it was 3.3 percent. The city of Bloomington reported a 4.4 percent unemployment rate as compared to last July's 5.6 percent.

During the same time, Howard County added 835 people to its labor force.

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The number of people in the labor force increased by 452 from June to July to 216,672.

Greene County also improved with a 4.2 percent rate compared to 6.8 percent.

The official national unemployment rate in July was 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent in June (5.1 percent in July 2016). The June figure gave Howard County the highest unemployment rate in the state.

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