(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Indiana’s unemployment dropped three-tenths of a percent to 8.5 percent in March.
It’s the first time the jobless rate has dropped a full percent in just one quarter since 1993 according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The statewide rate was at 9.5 in December.
Indiana added 9,700 jobs in March. About 5,200 were in the manufacturing sector.
The leisure and hospitality (3,000 new jobs), private education and health services (1,900), and financial activities (1,800) sectors also saw significant growth.
Twenty-two hundred jobs were lost in the professional and business services sector.
Dearborn County unemployment was down 1.1 percent to 9.7 in March. The figure represents an improvement from 12.1 percent unemployment last year.
Franklin County was the area’s highest at 11.3, down from 12.4 in February and from 13.5 from the same month in 2010.
Switzerland County was the lowest at just 6.8 percent, down from 7.2 percent in February and 9.1 percent in March 2010.
Read the full March 2011 employment report from the Department of Workforce Development at http://www.in.gov/portal/news_events/69383.htm.
Ohio County and Ripley County unemployment each dipped one percent in March to 10.6 and 9.9 percent, respectively.