Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

County unemployment rate declined in October

County unemployment rate declined in October

Indiana's unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent for October and remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent.

In Clay County, 7,810 people were looking for jobs inOctober, down 270 from past year.

Total nonfarm employment, not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, was 163,600 in October, up 4,400 jobs from a year earlier. Last month, the county had about 88,600 nonagricultural jobs, a 4.2 percent increase from 85,000 in October 2016.

A sizable drop in the number of Yakima County residents who were unemployed for the month contributed to the low rate. The number of employed increased by 300 to 45,400.

The report shows that unemployment actually went down in 21 of the state's counties, while it went up in Teton County and stayed the same in Laramie County at 3.6 percent. In Chickasaw, 100 fewer people were working, in Noxubee, 20 fewer had jobs, in Webster 50 fewer and in Winston, 70 fewer.

McDowell (7.3) and Mingo (8.0) are the only two counties with unemployment at seven percent or above.

Seasonally-adjusted data removes the effects of events that follow a more or less regular pattern each year such as the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events. The Indiana unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent from 4.2 to 3.9 percent.

Meanwhile, the labor force fell to 1,272,000 in October, down 5,900 from September.

Cheatham, Wilson, Moore, and Sumner Counties each had a rate of 2.4 percent.

Looking at the entire state, October unemployment rates decreased in four counties, remained the same in seven counties and increased in 84 counties.

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