(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s unemployment rate continues to drop according to new monthly numbers from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
The statewide seasonally-adjusted jobless rate fell 0.3 percent to 8.3 percent in April. The state claimed the lowest unemployment of any of its neighboring states for the third straight month.
"Indiana is 0.8 percent below the national rate for the first time since June 2003," said Mark W. Everson, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. "The state's rate has steadily decreased over the past year."
The drop occurred even though the state lost 2,700 private sector jobs during the month.
Locally, Dearborn County’s unemployment fell to 8.7 percent last month, down significantly from 11.2 percent during April 2010.
Switzerland County was the lowest in the area at 7.1 percent unemployment, a decline from 8.0 percent during the same month a year ago.
The southeast Indiana region’s highest unemployment rate was in Franklin County, where 9.5 percent of the labor force was without work. The figure is an improvement from 11.8 percent without work a year ago.
Ohio County was at 8.6, down from 12.3. Ripley County was 8.8, down from 11.5 last year.
The entire Department of Workforce Development monthly employment report can be found at http://www.in.gov/portal/news_events/70387.htm.