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Unemployment rises in Allen County, but state has best job growth on record

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:16 am

Despite strong growth in the number of jobs, the unemployment rate rose in November for Allen County and most of northeast Indiana.

Allen County’s rate rose from 6.7 percent in October to 6.9 percent in November, according to the state Department of Workforce Development. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted.

However, state officials emphasized that Indiana gained 25,300 private sector jobs in November, the largest one-month increase on record. All employment sectors saw significant growth, with the exception of the leisure and hospitality sector, which was unchanged for the month. Employment sectors experiencing the largest increases in hiring over the month were Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+6,800), Construction (+5,400), Manufacturing (+4,800), and Professional and Business services (+4,700). Indiana was responsible for nearly 13 percent of the nation’s private sector job growth in November.

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined in November as well, dropping 0.2 percent to 7.3 percent, lower than all neighboring states. That figure is seasonally adjusted, and it’s down from a seasonally adjusted statewide rate of 7.5 percent in October, according to figures provided by the state.

Fewer Hoosiers are now unemployed (232,400), than in November of 2008 (240,600), state officials reported.

Unemployment rates in northeast Indiana counties ranged from 7.3 percent in Steuben County to 6 percent in Whitley County.