---- — The December seasonally adjusted job numbers released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development illustrate great news for Rush County. According to the report, Rush County’s December unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, the lowest jobless rate in Economic Growth Region 6. In comparison, the State of Indiana’s unemployment rate is at 6.9 percent and the national rate is at 6.7 percent. Rush County ranked 70th out of Indiana’s 92 counties in regards to lower unemployment. Other counties included in the Economic Growth Region 6 are Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Union and Wayne Counties.
“There is no doubt that these numbers illustrate that Rush County’s employers are hiring, and reflects my personal goal that business and industry leaders understand that ‘Rush County is Open for Business,’” Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey said. “We have seen fantastic expansions of local industry, and at the same time, there has definitely been an uptick in job creation among small business in the Rush County community.”
“There is surely room for improvement, but this is exciting news for all of Rush County,” ECDC Director John McCane said. “I believe that this continual expansion in jobs goes to show that our city and county elected officials are helping to create a business environment that encourages business and industry to locate and grow their operations.”
According to research and analysis from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Rush County’s unemployment rate peaked in January 2010 at 12.0%. That same research illustrates that the December numbers are the best since May 2008.
Job numbers grew faster in Indiana in November than in any other state according to statistics released by the federal government.
According to Mike Hicks, Ball State University economist, “Nearly one out of every eight jobs created nationally were created here in Indiana.”
Hicks added that the composition of jobs was also strong, with manufacturing, logistics and construction comprising the top three job gaining categories. No job sectors showed decline in Indiana according to the November 2013 numbers. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports that the labor force increased by nearly 6,000 in December.
“These numbers reflect that Indiana’s economy and Rush County’s economy are changing for the better, and that should be pleasing to everyone. These same numbers also reflect that there are 284 less people in our labor force, so that is an area where we must push for more improvement,” Rush County Commissioner Bruce Levi said.
Regional and state unemployment rates were generally lower in December. Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from November, two states had increases, and nine states had no change. The national jobless rate declined to 6.7 percent and was 1.2 percentage points lower than in December 2012.
Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate among the states in December, 9.1 percent. The next highest rates were in Nevada, 8.8 percent, and Illinois, 8.6 percent. North Dakota continued to have the lowest jobless rate, 2.6 percent. In total, 17 states had jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 6.7 percent, nine 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.