The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate inIndiana continued its decline in February, but the raw unemployment rates – that is, not adjusted for seasonal variations – climbed again in most counties of northeast Indiana.
In the state as whole, the adjusted rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from 6.4 percent in January. But the unadjusted statewide unemployment rate in February was 6.9 percent.
Allen County’s unadjusted rate in February was 6.3 percent, up from 6 percent in January. Most of northeast Indiana counties were lower than the statewide unadjusted rate, too. Only Steuben County, with a 7 percent unemployment rate, exceeded the statewide average.
State officials noted that labor force in Indiana has increased by nearly 14,000 so far in 2014.
Indiana also added 5,400 private sector jobs in February. The Hoosier State has grown more than 214,000 private sector jobs since July 2009, the low point of employment in the state, the Department of Workforce Development reported in issuing the latest employment report Friday.
According to the state, sectors showing gains in February include leisure and hospitality, up 2,200; construction, up 2,000; trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,400; and manufacturing, up 800. Sectors showing declining in February include private educational and health services, down 800; professional and business services, down 600; and financial activities, down 300.
Total non-farm employment increased 9,100 in February, the department reported.