PRINCETON — Gibson County’s unemployment rate in May was 13%, down from April’s 18.8% reported in the COVID-19 pandemic.

By comparison, the county unemployment rate was 2.3% in May 2019.

According to the latest report from Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Gibson County labor force increased from 19,795 in April to 20,585, while the number of people working also increased from 16,068 in April to 17,900 in May.

According to IDWD, the U.S. unemployment rate was 14.4% in April and 13% in May. Statewide, unemployment averaged 17% in April and 11.9% in May.

Daviess County posted the state’s lowest jobless rate at 5.6%, while Howard County’s 21.8% was the highest in Indiana.

Gibson County’s jobless rate ranked 13th highest among the state’s 92 counties, while Vanderburgh County ranked 434d at 11.6%, Knox ranked 50th at 11.3%, Pike ranked 72nd at 9.8%, Warrick ranked 79th at 9%, Posey ranked 88th at 7.3% and Dubois ranked 91st at 5.7%.

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