Jobless rate ticks up

    Jobless numbers in Adams County rose slightly during October to their highest level since July, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The latest report showed Adams County with an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent last month, up from 7.8 percent in September and 8.0 percent in August. The county's jobless rate dipped to a low for the year of 7.6 percent in April of this year, but has crept up since that time. The local unemployment rate in October of 2010 was 9.1 percent, and that figure climbed to a 12-month high of 9.2 percent in January of this year.
    The state report released Tuesday showed 1,183 members of Adams County's total workforce of 14,694 remained out of work last month.
    October jobless rates for other counties in northeast Indiana included: Jay, 7.6 percent; Wells, 7.6; Allen, 8.4; Whitley, 7.7; Huntington, 8.9; Noble, 10.0; and DeKalb, 9.6 percent.
    Fayette County again featured the highest unemployment rate in the state during October at 12.3 percent, followed by Elkhart at 11.3; Blackford and Miami at 11.0; Vermillion at 10.9; Henry, Lawrence and Scott at 10.8; Wayne at 10.6 and Jennings at 10.5 percent.
    Adams County's 8.1 percent reading for October was the state's 55th highest.

State's rate dips
    Indiana's unemployment rate climbed slightly in October to 9.0 percent, up from 8.9 percent in September. The state's jobless level mirrored that of the U.S. as a whole for last month.
    Indiana’s labor force has increased by 36,000 in the last three months, the largest three-month increase since late 1993, according to state officials.
    “More people coming back to the labor force caused a slight uptick in the unemployment rate after a strong increase in employment last month,” said Mark W. Everson,commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development.
    Unemployment in Ohio dropped slightly during October following three straight months of rising joblessness. The state’s Department of Job and Family Services said that Ohio’s unemployment rate stood at 9.0 percent, down from 9.1 percent in September.
    October jobless rates for other states bordering Indiana included Illinois at 10.1 percent; Kentucky at 9.6; and Michigan at 10.6 percent.