Valley unemployment rates among highest in state

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Indiana Department of Workforce Development reports the state’s unemployment rate remained fairly steady in July.  The rate dropped to 5.8 percent in July, but many counties in the Valley are much higher than that.

Wabash Valley counties make up 5 of the top 11 counties in the state when it comes to unemployment.  But overall numbers are trending downward.

Topping the state in unemployment is Sullivan County with a rate of 7.9 percent.

Vigo County is tied for the third at 7.7 percent. Vermillion earlier this year had the highest unemployment rate in the state. Their rate has dropped to 7.6 percent.  Clay and Greene counties are the remaining Wabash Valley counties with high rates.

Now to the silver lining of this story.

The Department of Workforce Development puts out labor force estimates on a monthly basis. This report compares a city or county’s workforce and unemployment rates from one year ago.  We can tell you that each county and city reported drops in its unemployment rate.

For example, last July Terre Haute had an unemployment rate of 10.7 percent and more than 2800 people were unemployed.  That dropped to 8.2 percent this July, with just under 2200 people still looking for work.

Knox, Daviess and Martin counties have among the lowest unemployment rates in the state.  All come in at less than 5 percent.

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