Unemployment rates in northeast Indiana counties held relatively steady from April to May, with only small increases or drops.
Allen County's unemployment rate increased to 7.8 percent in May, up from 7.7 percent in April. Wells and Adams counties tied for the lowest unemployment rates in the region, at 6.8 percent.
County-by-county unemployment figures were released Friday morning by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The unemployment rates for counties are not seasonally adjusted.
Unemployment rates (again, not seasonally adjusted) in other area counties include: LaGrange, 6.9 percent; Steuben, 8.1 percent; Noble, 8.3 percent; DeKalb, 8.2 percent; Whitley, 7.2 percent; Wabash, 8.0 percent; and Huntington, 7.8 percent.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state as a whole dropped from 8.5 percent in April to 8.3 percent in May, the Department of Workforce Development reported. The state reported that private-sector employment in the Hoosier State is now at pre-recession levels not seen since July 2008.
So far in 2013, initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits are at their lowest levels since 2000, the state reported.
“May was quite a positive month for job growth in the Hoosier State,” said Scott B. Sanders, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in a news release accompanying the unemployment figures. “Most tangible employment measures seem to be trending in the right direction for the moment, which is cause for cautious optimism.”