Indiana Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, More Are Working

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In Morgan County, January's unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, up from 5.4 percent in December and 5.9 percent in January 2016, according to the state Department of Labor.

The rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point from December 2016, which was 3.9 percent.

Only New Hampshire, at 2.7 percent, and Hawaii, at 2.8 percent, had lower unemployment rates than Colorado in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite the decline, the area's job growth rate previous year was well ahead of the 2.3 percent statewide average and second-fastest in the state behind Fort Collins. "Our labor force is larger than it has been in more than five years".

The national rate was 4.8 percent.


It may not be as worrisome as it looks: one reason the unemployment rate spiked in Flagler is because the labor force also spiked by more than 600 workers, to 45,438, an unusual 1.3 percent month-over-month increase, and a 4 percent increase from a year ago.

Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington says nearly 10,000 people entered the labor force last month but only 6,500 of them found work. Ten major industry sectors posted job losses, the majority of which experienced typical seasonal fluctuations. The number of unemployed, defined as those who had actively sought a job in the past month, fell by 1,600 from December on a seasonally-adjusted basis and is down by 12,200 over the past year. Jobs in professional and business services decreased 5,900.

Statewide sectors that saw the most growth including mining, logging, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and administrative and waste services. Still, overall employment rose by about 6,400 to 2.05 million.

State officials report another drop in unemployment for Arkansas.

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