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"County unemployment up in June, but improved from last year"

Unemployment in Jefferson County went up in the month of June, but the numbers are still an improvement from the previous year.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development released employment reports for the state’s cities and counties, detailing job growth and changes in unemployment. The unemployment average for Indiana as a whole for June is 3.1 percent.
Jefferson County sits a bit above this average, coming in at 3.4 percent unemployment for the month of June. While this is an increase from the May rate of 3.1, the number is a significant drop from June of 2016, when the rate was reported at 4.9 percent.
Jefferson County is tied for 21st among Indiana counties for unemployment. Howard County had the highest rate at 4.9 percent, while Adams, Dubois, and Elkhart counties tied for the lowest rate at 2.3 percent.
Among neighboring counties, Scott and Switzerland counties posted 3.3 percent rates, and Jennings County unemployment is at 3.2 percent to join Jefferson above the state average. Clark and Ripley counties are below the state average slightly at 3.0 percent.


"Real estate market in Jefferson County strong in June"

Real estate numbers for Jefferson County saw improvement across the board in the month of June.
The Indiana Association of Realtors released the county’s June 2017 Local Market Update, a research tool looking at key metrics for home sales. The county saw increases in new listings, closed sales, and median sales price from those numbers reported a year ago.
45 new listings were made in June, up 5 from 2016. Four additional closed sales were made, bringing that number from 30 in June 2016 to 34 in June 2017. The median sales price for Jefferson County in June was $159,200. That’s a 22.6 percent increase from the same month a year ago.
The median sales price for the county for the year as a whole is also an improvement from a year ago. At $126,200, the median price is 12.7 percent better than it was at this point in the year in 2016.


"Ivy Tech Madison offering help with enrollment"

Ivy Tech Community College is holding two more special enrollment events in early August to help residents get started in pursuing their educational goals and advancing their careers.
Express Enrollment Days will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 5, at Ivy Tech Madison, 590 Ivy Tech Drive. Ivy Tech employees will be on hand to help anyone interested in enrolling at the College.
At Express Enrollment Day residents can:
• Complete the first steps to enroll as a student, known as FYIvy;
• Get financial aid questions answered;
• Learn about and meet assessment requirements;
• Meet with an advisor;
• Register for the semester;
• And find out about orientation.
Please bring high school or college transcripts and SAT/ACT/PSAT scores to assist with assessment and course placement. If residents have already completed some college courses, they are encouraged to bring an official college transcript to have their credits evaluated.
Residents are encouraged to RSVP for Express Enrollment Day by calling Ivy Tech Madison at 812-265-2580 ext. 4124. Those unable to attend Express Enrollment Day can complete the enrollment process at any time.


"Public invited to attend Ulster Project send-off"

The Madison Ulster Project’s Closing Ceremony will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Downtown Madison. All are welcome to come out and wish the Northern Ireland Teens farewell.
The Madison Ulster Project was established in 1998, and has now hosted over 200 teens from Northern Ireland. For more information about the Ulster Project and how to get involved call 812-292-6169 or visit




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