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SEI Jobless Rate At 8.9% In March

Posted On April 23, 2012

Employment(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – New jobless numbers are out for Indiana, showing the state’s March unemployment rate was at 8.2 percent, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s monthly employment report released Friday.

 

The state’s jobless rate is down from 8.8 percent from March 2011 and down 0.2 percent from February.

 

“It is good news that Indiana’s unemployment rate is on the way down,” said Mark W. Everson, DWD Commissioner. “Indiana has seen steady job growth since the beginning of the year, with manufacturing leading the way, adding almost 8,000 jobs.”  

 

Indiana’s private sector employment grew with 5,300 jobs in March.

 

The southeast Indiana five-county region’s unemployment was 8.9 percent in March, with 5,408 people in the labor force of 60,686 without work. 

 

Dearborn County’s jobless rate fell to 9.0 percent last month. Ripley dropped to 9.2. Franklin County was at 9.3. Switzerland County had the lowest jobless rate in the area with just 6.6 percent. Ohio County was the highest at 9.5.

 

The improving employment picture in Indiana will have a drawback for some unemployed Hoosiers. Under federal law, the state is no longer eligible for the fourth tier of federally funded extended benefits. Those benefits make up the final six weeks of the current 79 weeks of unemployment insurance.

 

Ohio’s March unemployment was at 7.5 percent, down from 8.8 percent a year ago. Kentucky unemployment was 8.6 percent in March, a decline from 9.7 percent last year.

 

INDIANA NON-SEASONALLY ADJUSTED EMPLOYMENT

COUNTY

MARCH 2012

FEBRUARY 2012

MARCH 2011

Dearborn

9.0

9.7

10.1

Franklin

9.3

10.1

11.6

Ohio

9.5

10.1

10.6

Ripley

9.2

9.7

10.2

Switzerland

6.6

6.7

7.2

Indiana (seasonally adjusted)

8.2

8.4

8.8

   Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development