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The jobless rate in Adams County continued its downward trend in October.
According to statistics released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the county's unemployment rate dipped to 9.1 percent last month, down from 9.4 percent in September and 9.9 percent in August.
Adams County began 2010 with an unemployment rate of 11.8 percent in January. The number has fallen slowly but steadily throughout the year — with the exception of June jobless figures, which showed a slight increase over the previous month.
Local unemployment numbers peaked in July of 2009 at 15.2 percent and remained above 10 percent until May of this year, when the county recorded a jobless rate of 9.8 percent.
The report released Tuesday shows that 1,377 members of the county's total workforce of 15,121 remained without work in October. In September, 1,407 Adams County residents were jobless.
Indiana’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent for October, falling below double digits for the first time since March.
The latest employment report showed Indiana’s jobless rate down from 10.1 percent in September. The report says 288,000 Hoosiers were looking for work last month and that total non-farm employment increased by 6,800.
Jobless rates for neighboring states included Michigan, 14.4; Illinois, 10.9; Ohio, 10.8; and Kentucky, 10.7 percent.
The national unemployment rate for October was lower than Indiana at 9.6 percent.
The October report rate ranked unemployment in Adams County as the 48th highest among Indiana's 92 counties. In September the county ranked 46th.
Only Elkhart and Fayette counties posted October jobless rates above 12 percent: 12.9 and 12.8 percent, respectively. Other counties with the state's highest unemployment levels included Vermillion, 11.9 percent; Henry, 11.2; Noble, 11.2; Scott, 11.1; Starke, 11.0; and Blackford, Howard and Lake, all at 10.9 percent.
The lowest jobless rate in the state was in Daviess County at 5.5 percent.
The October unemployment rate for other counties in northeast Indiana included: Wells, 8.3 percent, Jay, 7.9; Allen, 9.5; Huntington, 9.5; Whitley, 8.8; and DeKalb, 10.2 percent.