Jobless rate holds at 6.6

    Adams County's unemployment rate remained at a four-year low during October, according to figures released Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The latest state report showed the county with a jobless rate of 6.6 percent for the month, identical to September's reading and down .7 percent from the local unemployment rate in August.
    Adams County's jobless rate has now remained at or below 8 percent for eight consecutive months after starting the year at 8.5 percent. Three years ago, in October of 2009, Adams County experienced an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent. One year ago that rate was at 8.1 percent.
    The county's unemployment rate peaked in July of 2009 at 15.2 percent.
    According to Tuesday's report, October jobless figures for other counties in northeast and east-central Indiana included Jay, 6.2 percent; Blackford, 8.7; Huntington, 7.3; Allen, 6.9; Whitley, 6.8; Noble, 8.1 and DeKalb, 7.8 percent.
    Sullivan County once again featured the state's highest unemployment rate during September at 10.3 percent, followed Fayette at 10.1, Lawrence and Miami at 9.3;  Wayne at 9.1; Laporte and Starke at 8.9; Henry and St. Joseph at 8.8; and Blackford at 8.7.
    Adams County's rate was the state's 27th lowest. Tuesday's report showed that 991 members of the county's total labor force of 15,047 remained without jobs during October.
    Indiana's 8.0 percent unemployment rate for October was down two-tenths of a percent from the previous month and was a 1.1 percent lower than the 9.1 percent reading one year earlier.
    Jobless rates for neighboring states during October included Ohio, 6.9 percent; Michigan, 9.1; Kentucky, 8.4; and Illinois, 8.8 percent.
    State officials said Indiana nearly doubled the national rate of job growth in October, adding 7,700 private sector jobs. This marks the largest monthly gain since May. Private sector employment in the Hoosier state is now at more than 96 percent of the 2007 pre-recession levels.
     “Over the past year Indiana has experienced one of the strongest periods of job growth in over a decade,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “Since last October we have added nearly 67,000 private sector jobs and continue to significantly outpace the national rate of growth.”

Adams County jobless
rates, last 13 months
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
8.3% in November 2011
8.1% in October 2011