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Indiana's unemployment rate for June is up slightly over May.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says private sector employment in Indiana grew by 5,300 jobs in June, the third straight month of significant increases. The bulk of growth came from the manufacturing sector, which expanded by 4,300 jobs over the month, the largest one month jump since August 2004. Indiana continues to have the largest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the United States.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up in June to 8.4 percent, though the increase was lower than most neighboring states. May's unemployment rate was 8.3 percent.
"The manufacturing sector experienced the largest one-month increase in nearly a decade," said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. "The majority of the growth occurred in durable goods, mainly in transportation equipment."
Sanders also noted that private sector employment for June of 2,518,600 has not been near this level since June 2008 when employment stood at 2,530,600. He added that initial claims for unemployment insurance continue to remain at their lowest levels since 2000.
Locally, Bartholomew County continues to lead the area with the lowest unemplyment rate at 6.6 percent. That is the third lowest unemployment rate in the state. Area counties with unemployment rates below the state rate include Johnson County at 7.2 percent, Jackson County at 7.3 percent, Shelby County at 7.4 percent, Brown County at 7.7 percent and Decatur County at 8.1 percent. Area counties with unemployment rates above the state rate include Ripley County at 9.5 percent, Jennings County at 9.8 percent and Lawrence County at 11 percent.
Statewide, Hamilton County and Dubois County share the lowest unemployment rate at 6.2 percent. Fountain County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.4 percent.
Sectors showing job gains in Indiana for June include Manufacturing, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Private Educational and Health Services and Financial Activities. Sectors losing jobs across the state in June include Construction, Professional and Busines Services and Leisure and Hospitality. Total non-farm employment also dropped 9,100 jobs in June.
Last Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 4:51:01 AM
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