County jobless rate still falling

    Adams County's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent during August, down from 7.9 percent in June and 7.6 in July, according to statistics released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The county's jobless rate has remained below 8 percent for five consecutive months after starting the year at 8.5 percent. Three years ago, in August of 2009, Adams County experienced a jobless rate of 14.1 percent. One year ago that rate was 8.0 percent.
    Friday's report revealed that 1,062 county residents remained without work last month out of a total county labor force of 13,613.
    August unemployment rates for other counties in east-central and northeast Indiana included Jay, 6.7 percent; Wells, 6.8; Allen, 7.7; Huntington, 7.9; DeKalb, 8.4; Noble, 8.5; and Whitley, 6.8 percent.
    Sullivan County featured the state's highest unemployment rate during August at 11.3 percent, followed by Fayette at 10.7, Wayne at 10.2, Lawrence at 10.1, Blackford and Vermillion at 10.0, Grant, Newton, Miami and Vigo at 9.8, and Clay and LaPorte at 9.7 percent.
    Adams County had the state's 28th lowest jobless rate during the month.
    Indiana's 8.3 percent unemployment rate for August was up one-tenth of a percent from the previous month, but stands at a full percent lower than the 9.3 percent reading in August of 2011.
    Jobless rates for neighboring states during August included Ohio, 7.2 percent; Michigan, 9.4; Kentucky, 8.5; and Illinois, 9.1 percent.
    Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said that while the state's unemployment rate increased 0.1 percent, "Indiana is still significantly outperforming the U.S. average for private sector job growth (1.9 percent versus 1.1 percent), manufacturing growth (3.0 percent versus 1.4 percent) and nearly every other employment sector in 2012."
    Sanders said the state continues to dispute discrepancies between state jobless figures and data compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    “Yet another month the federal government has notified us our unemployment rate increased while we added actual jobs,” said Sanders.  “We have repeatedly questioned their data models. It’s pretty obvious the numbers just don’t add up.”

Adams County jobless rates, last 13 months

7.3%  in August 2012
7.6% in July 2012
7.9% in June 2012
7.3% in May 2012
7.0% in April 2012
8.0% in March 2012
8.3% in February 2012
8.5% in January 2012
8.5 % in December 2011
8.3% in November 2011
8.1% in October 2011
7.8% in September 2011
8.0% in August 2011