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Dubois County jobless rate under 1%
  • Updated

JASPER — Dubois County’s unemployment rate dipped to .8% in December, according to the latest data from Indiana Workforce Development.

The monthly report shows the county’s labor force increased from 21,843 in November when unemployment was at 1.3% to 21,784 in December, and the number of unemployed people dropped from 289 to 170.

A year ago, Dubois County’s jobless rate was 3.5%, with a labor force of 22,759, and 707 people actively seeking work.

Statewide, unemployment averaged 1.3% in December, with LaGrange County posting the lowest jobless rate at .7%. Lake County’s 2.5% rate was the highest in the state.

In the region, Orange County ranked eighth highest at 1.6%; Crawford County 18th at 1.4%; Pike County 24th at 1.4%; Vanderburgh County 27th at 1.4%; Perry County 37th at 1.2%; Spencer County 50th at 1.1%; Knox County 63rd at 1%; Posey County 67th at 1%; Warrick County 71st at 1%; Gibson County 77th at .9%; Martin County 81st at .9%; Daviess County 88th at .8%; Dubois 89th at .8%.

Left: Belly-crawling “snakes” go after the care taker at the YMCA in Ferdinand on Tuesday evening. Right: Children raise their hands to pull an activity card out in after-school activities at the YMCA in Ferdinand on Tuesday.

After-school activities at the YMCA

Children raise their hands to pull an activity card out in after-school activities at the YMCA in Ferdinand Tuesday.

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State remains at most severe spread rate of COVID-19
  • Updated

JASPER — While the number of local COVID-19 cases appear to be on the decline this week from last week’s record-setting spread, Illinois State Department of Health’s weekly advisory updates Wednesday kept all 92 Indiana counties at red, for most severe spread of the virus.

The agency reported 54 new COVID-19 cases in Dubois County, including one additional death, for a total 11,860 cases including 154 deaths among 30,821 people tested.

The county’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is at 39.9% for all tests (fourth highest in Indiana) and 51.7% (28th highest) among people tested for the first time.

The state reports 60.1% of the county’s population (ages 5 and older) have been fully vaccinated.

Local resources

Vaccines are offered at CVS locations in Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper; at Huntingburg Clinic (ages 5-11 only); at Dubois County Health Department; Walgreens Pharmacy in Jasper; and Walmart pharmacy in Jasper.

Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers Monoclonal antibody treatment Walmart pharmacy in Jasper offers Merck antiviral treatments. The state reports treatments are in limited supply.

COVID-19 testing is available at CVS pharmacies in Ferdinand, Huntingburg and Jasper; at Dubois County Health Department and at Memorial Hospital urgent car. Visit to register for a test.

Area cases

In the area, Pike County reported 17 new cases Wednesday, for 3,405 cases including 46 deaths among 8,333 people tested; Daviess County 53 new cases including one additional death for 6,936 cases including 131 deaths among 19,707 people tested; Martin County 19 new cases for 2,005 cases including 22 deaths among 6,342 people tested; Orange County 50 new cases for 4,564 cases including 84 deaths among 12,741 people tested; Crawford County 11 new cases including one additional death for 2,278 cases including 33 deaths among 7,467 people tested; Perry County 47 new cases for 4,224 cases including 55 deaths among 13,186 people tested; Spencer County 37 new cases for 4,757 cases including 56 deaths among 12,330 people tested; Warrick County 128 new cases including two additional deaths for 18,127 cases including 220 deaths among 47,232 people tested; Vanderburgh County 344 new cases including two additional deaths for 51,433 cases including 534 deaths among 138,235 people tested.