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County's jobless numbers up again

January 21, 2013

Adams County jobless
rates, last 13 months

7.7 % in December 2012
7.4% in November 2012
6.6% in October 2012
6.6% in September 2012
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

    Unemployment was up both in Adams County and statewide during December, according to according to year-end figures released Friday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. State officials nonetheless are calling 2012 a "remarkable year of job gains" in the state.
    Despite an increase in Indiana's jobless rate from 8 percent in November to 8.2 percent last month, Scott Sanders, commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development, said the state added nearly 54,000 jobs in 2012. He called the increase "the largest growth in a calendar year in over a decade."
    “As evidenced by our December employment numbers, Indiana experienced an exceptional year of job growth in 2012,” said Sanders. “The Hoosier State has increased private sector employment by nearly 157,000 since July 2009, the low point of employment in our state, and has been a national leader in job growth during that period.”
    Sanders said that while private sector employment increased significantly in December, Indiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 8.2 percent mainly due to more than 7,000 unemployed Hoosiers returning to the labor force to look for work.
    Adams County's unemployment rate stood at 7.7 percent in December, up from 7.4 percent one month earlier. The county started 2012 with an 8.5 percent jobless rate in January, and saw that figure fall to 6.6 percent in both September and October before resuming a gradual climb.  One year ago, in December of 2012, the county's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent. Adams County’s jobless rate peaked in July of 2009 at 15.2 percent.
    Friday's report showed that 1,128 members of the county's total workforce of 14,634 remained jobless during December. That figure is up from a revised count of 1,087 in November of 2012.
    December jobless figures for counties in northeast and east-central Indiana included Jay, 7.4 percent; Huntington, 8.2; Allen, 7.9; Whitley, 8.1; Noble, 9.5 and DeKalb, 8.9 percent.
    Vermillion County featured the state’s highest unemployment rate during December at 12.1 percent, followed Sullivan at 11.8; Fayette at 11.5; Crawford and Lawrence at 10.8;  Miami at 10.7; Laporte at 10.5, Wayne at 10.3; and Blackford at 10.2 percent.
    DuBoise County had the state's lowest unemployment rate during December at 5.9 percent. Next were Hamilton and Daviess at 6.3 and 6.4 percent, respectively.
    Among neighboring states, Michigan's December jobless rate of 8.9 percent and Illinois' 8.7 percent rate during November were higher than Indiana's, while Ohio, at 6.7, and Kentucky at 8.1 percent were lower than the Hoosier State.
    The U.S. unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, according to Friday's report.


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