Unemployment rate up slightly

Johnson County’s unemployment rate increased slightly for the second consecutive month in February, but it is still significantly better than its high of 13.6% in April.

The county’s unemployment rate increased to 3.6% in February from 3.4% in January and 3.3% in December.

The rate is still 0.9% more than it was last February, before the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Of 92 Indiana counties, just 13 counties had lower unemployment rates than Johnson County in February. The county’s jobless rate is also lower than the state’s rate of 4.7%.

Overall, nearly 79,100 Johnson County residents had jobs last month, and more than 2,900 members of the eligible workforce did not.

The data comes from a monthly report released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, which tracks unemployment.

For the second consecutive month, Adams and LaGrange counties, both in northeastern Indiana, tied for the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9%. Howard County, which contains Kokomo, had the highest rate at 8.5%.