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Indiana's Jobless Rate Drops Slightly in December



For the first time in more than five years, Indiana‘s unemployment rate is below seven-percent.

The Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in December was 6.9 percent, down from November‘s rate of 7.3 percent.

The last time unemployment was this low was when the rate was 6.8 percent in October 2008.

The rate dropped even though Indiana lost 4,800 private sector jobs in December and the labor force grew by 6,000.
 
  • Dubois County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in December at 4.2%, a full percentage point lower than November.
  • Daviess County’s rate was also a full percentage point lower than November at 4.5%.
  • Knox County’s jobless rate fell from 5.7% to 4.8%.
  • Martin County had an unemployment rate of 5% in December, down from 5.9% in November.
  • Gibson County’s rate was 5.6%, down from 6.5%.
  • Pike County’s jobless rate fell seven-tenths percent  .. from 6.4% to 5.7%.
  • Greene County saw its unemployment rate fall one-percent from 7.6% to 6.6%.
  • Sullivan County’s rate stood at 7.5% percent in December, down 1.5% from November.