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County jobless rate shoots up – Still one of lowest in the area

March 19, 2013

    Despite a 1.1 percent jump in its jobless rate from December of 2012 to January of this year, Adams County continues to sport one of the lowest unemployment levels in northern Indiana.
    According to figures released Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, only Jay and Wells counties featured a lower jobless rate during January than did Adams among counties in the northern half of the state.
    Adams County's 8.8 percent jobless level for January was up from 7.7 percent in December. One year earlier, in January of 2012, the county's rate was at 8.5 percent. The last time local unemployment levels exceeded 8.8 percent was in January of 2011, when the county registered a 9.2 percent jobless reading. Local jobless levels dipped to a low of 6.6 percent last year in September and October.
    Monday's report showed that 1,281 members of the county's total workforce of 14,539 remained without work during the year's first month.
    January jobless figures for other counties in northeast and east-central Indiana included Jay, 8.5 percent; Wells, 8.6; Huntington, 9.4; Allen, 9.1; Whitley, 9.4; Noble, 10.4 and DeKalb, 9.7 percent.
    Indiana's January unemployment rate was 8.6 percent, up 0.3 percent from December.
    Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, said that while Indiana experienced "significant" job gains in January, the 1,000 household survey used by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the unemployment rate rose 0.3 percent to 8.6 percent "due to the labor force increasing by nearly 14,000 individuals, more than 10,000 of which returned to look for work over the month."
     Vermillion County featured the state’s highest unemployment rate during January at 13.5 percent, followed Sullivan at 13.3; Crawford at 12.8; Fayette at 12.7; Lawrence at 12.0;  Clay at 11.8 and Miami at 11.7 percent.
    Hamilton County had the state's lowest unemployment rate during January at 6.7 percent. Next were DeBois at 6.9 and Daviess at 7.1 percent.
    Among neighboring states, Michigan's January jobless rate of 8.9 percent and Illinois' 9.0 percent reading were higher than Indiana's. Ohio, at 7.0, and Kentucky at 7.9 percent were lower than the Hoosier State.


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