Business briefs: Unemployment inches closer to pre-pandemic levels


HANCOCK COUNTY — The county’s preliminary jobless rate was 3% in July 2021, down from 3.5% in June and 6.9% in July 2020.

Its rate was 2.7% in March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic drove it up to over 14% the following month.

The county’s July 2021 preliminary unemployment rate was tied with several others for seventh lowest out of Indiana’s 92 counties. Adams County had the lowest, at 2.4%; and Lake County had the highest, at 8%.

Indiana’s July 2021 preliminary unemployment rate was 4.2%, down from June’s 4.7% and July 2020’s 8.9%.

The U.S. July 2021 preliminary unemployment rate was 5.7%, down from June’s 6.1% and July 2020’s 10.5%.

Utility hosting incident response seminar

GREENFIELD — NineStar Connect will host a seminar on incident response playbook creation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 at its headquarters, located at 2243 E. Main St., Greenfield.

There will be a focus on ransomware and business email compromise, as they are currently the most common attack vectors.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and the event is limited to 50 people.

Register at

State economic development corp. gets new VP

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers announced David Rosenberg has been named executive vice president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation effective immediately.

Rosenberg most recently served as vice president of operations for Market Street Group, a locally owned consulting and advisory firm.

In his role, Rosenberg will report to Chambers and will oversee several strategic initiatives, including the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI), and advance economic development priorities focused on building the economy and workforce of the future, catalyzing entrepreneurship, and advancing the quality of life and quality of opportunity for Hoosiers.

State launches disparity data portal

INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana has launched a public disparity data portal that delivers a view into current equity gaps that exist in health, public safety, social services, education and workforce.

The information reveals key areas the state will focus on to address disparities in communities and monitor overall progress throughout the state. The portal can be accessed at