Indiana's Unemployment Rate By the Numbers

Indiana's Unemployment Rate By the Numbers

Although the state's manufacturing sector lost 500 positions in January, it has gained some 6,000 jobs since past year, making it the state's fastest growing industry - and marking the first time that sector has increased average annual employment since 2011.

The Department of Labor says the seasonally-adjusted mark for January was 3.5 percent, unchanged from December and down from 3.9 percent in January 2017.

In a possible sign that the Florida Keys have not fully recovered from Hurricane Irma in September, Monroe County - which typically has the state's lowest unemployment rate - had a 3.7 percent rate in January, behind five counties. In January 2017 the rate was 4.7 percent. All together, 18 states had unemployment rates lower than the US figure of 4.1 percent, while nine states and D.C. had higher rates, and 23 states had rates not much different from that of the nation.

Cass County's jobless rate was the highest in the region for January.

The unemployment rate started to edge upward at the end of previous year. After benchmark revisions, the over-the-year (Dec. 2016 - December 2017) change in total nonfarm jobs was revised to a gain of 43,400, up from a previously reported gain of 22,900.

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In addition, the private sector gained 9,300 jobs in January from 2017, a 0.6 percent increase.

January is starting the year on a slightly cloudier note: unemployment ticked up a substantial 0.6 point, and the number of unemployed people in the county increased by 273, to 2,128.

The report shows that in January, Arkansas' civilian labor force declined 1,521, a result of 1,879 fewer employed and 358 more unemployed Arkansans. Most of the hiring occurred in administrative and support services (+3,000), while management of companies decreased 1,300.

The low unemployment rates appear to be translating to higher wages for those with jobs.

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