(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - While much of the state sees unemployment on the decline, southeast Indiana’s jobless rate continues to hover around 10 percent.
February jobless numbers released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development Friday shows the statewide seasonally adjusted rate was at 8.8 percent.
The figure - down from 9.1 in January and from 10.7 in February 2010 - marks the first time Indiana’s unemployment has been below 9 percent since December 2008.
"The number of Hoosiers claiming state unemployment insurance benefits is less than half the number it was two years ago," said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. "Moreover, new claims for unemployment insurance are now at a level not seen since 2006."
According to the department, sectors showing significant employment gains in February include Private Education and Health Services (1,300) and Construction (1,200).
Sectors showing significant declines are Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-3,200) and Government (-6,300). Total non-farm employment decreased (-7,900) in February.
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Data Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development