The August seasonally adjusted job numbers released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development is welcomed news to leaders in Rush County. According to the report, Rush County’s August unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, the lowest jobless rate in their respective economic region. In comparison, the State of Indiana’s unemployment rate is at 8.1 percent and the national rate is at 7.3 percent . Rush County ranted 71st out of 92 Indiana counties in regards to lower unemployment Rush County is part of The Economic Growth Region 6 along with Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Union, and Wayne Counties.
“We all love to see positive news when it comes to our citizens having the opportunity to find jobs,” said ECDC Director John McCane. “Of course, we still want to see our numbers continue to improve as job opportunities improve in Rush County.”
According to research and analysis from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Rush County’s unemployment rate peaked in January 2010 at 12.0 percent. That same research illustrates that the August numbers are the best since September 2008.
“Probably a great deal of credit goes to INTAT Precision and Pioneer Hi-Bred who undertook major plant expansions this year,” commented Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “Between the two expansions alone, Rush County gained 75-80 new high-paying jobs.” Pavey also highlighted several other local businesses and industries that have added to the County’s job ranks for various reasons.
Regional and state unemployment rates were little changed in August. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate increases, 17 states had decreases, and 15 states had no change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, 12 states had increases, and two states had no change. The national jobless rate was little changed from July at 7.3 percent and was 0.8 percentage point lower than in August 2012.
Nevada had the highest unemployment rate among the states in August, 9.5 percent. The next highest rate was in Illinois, 9.2 percent. North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent. In total, 15 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 7.3 percent, 11 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 24 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.