PRINCETON — Gibson County's December 2018 unemployment rate decreased slightly from the prior month, but remained steady from December 2017 at 2.5 percent.

The November 2018 unemployment rate was 2.8 percent, but the latest report from Indiana Workforce Development released Tuesday shows the jobless rate dropped to 2.5 percent in the year's final month.

According to the data, the labor force group from 18,811 to 19,394 from December 2017 to December 2018. Last month the agency reported 490 Gibson Countians were unemployed, compared to 543 in November 2018 and 469 in December 2017.

The local jobless rate was lower than the 3.4 percent statewide average. Vermillion County's 5.7 percent jobless rate was the highest in the state, while Tipton County's 2.3 percent was the lowest of Indiana's 92 counties.

Gibson County ranked 90th lowest, just above Dubois County at 91st with an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent. Among neighboring counties, Pike County ranked 39th at 3.5 percent, Knox County 48th at 3.3 percent, Vanderburgh County 61st at 3.1 percent, Warrick County 71st at 2.9 percent, Daviess County 80th at 2.7 percent and Posey County 83rd at 2.7 percent.

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