Indiana jobless rate dips slightly in September
October 19, 2012 4:04PM
Updated: October 19, 2012 11:26PM
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s unemployment rate dipped to 8.2 percent in September even though the state lost 6,000 private-sector jobs, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Friday.
The 8.2 percent rate matches the unemployment rate for Indiana in July and is a full percentage point lower than it was in September 2011. The statewide unemployment rate peaked at 10.6 percent in June 2009.
Workforce Development Commissioner Scott B. Sanders said was pleased that 2,000 more Indiana residents were looking for jobs in September, saying it was a sign that more people may be encouraged by strong job growth.
The 6,000 lost private sector jobs were the first monthly decline in nearly a year. The department reports that even with the losses in September, private sector jobs in Indiana have grown by more than 43,000 this year, an increase of 1.8 percent. That compares with the national rate of 1.2 percent.
Indiana’s unemployment rate was the second-lowest among surrounding states. Ohio had the lowest rate at 7 percent, while Michigan was highest at 9.3 percent.
Sullivan County had Indiana’s highest jobless rate, at 10.9 percent. Dubois County in southern Indiana fared the best, with an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.