Local Unemployment Rate Jumps Because of COVID-19 | Instant News


Nearly 10,000 residents of southeast Indiana currently do not have jobs.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Unemployment continues to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the Indiana Department of Labor Development announced that the state unemployment rate was 16.9 percent for April, up from 3.0 percent in March.

Local unemployment rates have also jumped since businesses closed their doors in mid-March. According to Indiana’s DWD, the April unemployment rate ranged from 19.1 percent in Switzerland County to 18.0 percent in Ohio County.

DWD reports that 9,949 people are unemployed in the countries of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland. Among the five states of southeast Indiana, the Dearborn Territory has the highest number of unemployed at 4,457.

Across the state, nearly 700,000 Hoosiers have filed unemployment claims.

AREAApril 2020March 2020April 2019
Dearborn 18.3% 3.6% 2.9%
Franklin 18.3% 3.6% 2.9%
Ohio 18.0% 3.4% 3.0%
Ripley 18.3% 3.2% 2.6%
Switzerland 19.1% 3.4% 2.8%
Indiana (seasonally adjusted) 16.9% 3.0% 3.4%
US. (seasonally adjusted) 14.7% 4.4% 3.6%

Source: Indiana Department of Labor Development

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