County's jobless rate still among the highest in state

Indiana leads Midwest with area counties' improving unemployment rates

Indiana leads Midwest with area counties' improving unemployment rates

Again leisure and hospitality fueled the improved numbers for the state in May, adding 3,500 jobs, the largest numeric increase at 3.6 percent, the report stated. Those other states' rates were: OH, 4.9 percent (down from 5.0 percent); Kentucky, 5.0 percent (down from 5.1 percent); MI, 4.2 percent (down from 4.7 percent); and IL, 4.6 percent (down from 4.7 percent). That left Natrona County with the highest unemployment rate in the state last month, just slightly above Fremont County ( 5.3 percent in May 2017) and Campbell County (5.1 percent). Richland County had the state's 14th lowest unemployment rate, of 46 counties. This May, Morgan County had an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent.

The revised rate in May 2016 was 5.3 percent.

According to the monthly report issued by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county's jobless rate was 3.6 percent, up from 3.4 percent in April.

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Niobrara County (2.7%) posted the lowest unemployment rate in May.

The estimate of total nonfarm jobs (not seasonally adjusted and measured by place of work) fell from 283,200 in May 2016 to 279,000 in May 2017, a decrease of 4,200 jobs (or -1.5%; not a statistically significant change).

The number of unemployed people was estimated at 724 in May.

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And the number of people in the labor force was estimated to be 20,279 in May, compared to 20,478 in April and 20,377 in May 2016. IN beat out Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and OH by scoring an estimated joblessness rate of 2.8 percent, an improvement over last May's 4.2 percent. In May 2017, Monroe County had an estimated unemployment rate of 2.9 percent. It was followed by Goshen (2.8%), Albany (2.8%), and Platte (3.4%) counties.

South Carolina's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May.

The rate in Dubois County rose one-tenth of a percent in May from the previous month, going from 1.9 percent to 2.0 percent, but the reporting period was the third month in a row Dubois County had a share of the state's lowest unemployment.

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